Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia - Full Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

  • Part One. General Rules Applicable to All Proceedings
    • Appendix of Forms
  • [Regulations Governing Applications for Admission to Virginia Bar Pursuant to Rule of the Supreme Court of Virginia 1A:1, effective December 1, 2018.]
  • Part One A. Foreign Attorneys
  • Part Two. Virginia Rules of Evidence
  • [Part Two. Equity Practice and Procedure]
  • Part Two A. Appeals Pursuant to the Administrative Process Act
  • Part Three. Practice and Procedures in Civil Actions
  • Part Three A. Criminal Practice and Procedures
    • Appendix of Forms
  • Part Three B. Traffic Infractions and Uniform Fine Schedule
  • Part Three C. Non-Traffic Prepayable Offenses and Uniform Fine Schedule
  • Part Three D. [Repealed] [Civil Practice and Procedure in the General District Courts]
  • Part Four. Pretrial Procedures, Dispositions/Depositions and Production at Trial
  • Part Five. The Supreme Court
    • Appendix of Forms
  • Part Five A. The Court of Appeals
    • Appendix of Forms
  • Part Six Integration of the State Bar
  • Part Seven A. General District Courts - In General
  • Part Seven B. General District Courts - Civil
  • Part Seven C. General District Courts - Criminal and Traffic
  • Part Eight. Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts
  • Part Nine. Judicial Performance Evaluation Program
  • Part Ten. Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster
    • Appendix of Forms
  • Part Eleven. Access to Judicial Records

Part One. General Rules Applicable to All Proceedings

  • Rule 1:1. Finality of Judgments, Orders and Decrees.
  • Rule 1:1A. Recovery of Appellate Attorney's Fees in Circuit Court.
  • Rule 1:1B. Jurisdictional Transfer During Appeal of Final Judgment.
  • Rule 1:1C. Jurisdictional Transfer During Appeal of Interlocutory Orders.
  • Rule 1:2. Appeal From Partial Final Judgment in Multi-Party Cases.
  • Rule 1:3. Reporters and Transcripts of Proceedings in Courts.
  • Rule 1:4. General Provisions as to Pleadings.
  • Rule 1:5. Counsel and Parties Appearing Without Counsel.
  • Rule 1:5A. Curing Signature Defects.
  • Rule 1:6. Res Judicata Claim Preclusion.
  • Rule 1:7. Computation of Response Dates.
  • Rule 1:8. Amendments.
  • Rule 1:9. Discretion of Court.
  • Rule 1:10. Verification.
  • Rule 1:11. Motion to Strike the Evidence.
  • Rule 1:12. Service of Papers after the Initial Process.
  • Rule 1:13. Endorsements.
  • Rule 1:14. Preservation of the Record.
  • Rule 1:15. Local Rules of Court.
  • Circuit Courts of Virginia Times for the Commencement of the Regular Terms
  • Rule 1:16. Filing Format and Procedure.
  • Rule 1:17. Electronic Filing and Service.
  • Rule 1:18. Pretrial Scheduling Order.
  • Rule 1:19. Pretrial Conferences.
  • Rule 1:20. Scheduling Civil Cases for Trial.
  • Rule 1:21. Preliminary Voir Dire Information.
  • Rule 1:22. Exercise of Challenges to Prospective Jurors.
  • Rule 1:23. Note Taking by Jurors.
  • Rule 1:24. Requirements for Court Payment Agreements for the Collection of Fines and Costs.
  • Rule 1:25. Specialty Dockets.
  • Rule 1:26. File Format Requirements for Pleadings, Motions, Notices, Briefs and Exhibits Sought to be Filed or Admitted in Electronic or Digital Form.
  • Rule 1:27. Testimony by Audiovisual Means in Circuit Court Civil Cases.

Part One. General Rules Applicable to All Proceedings - Appendix [of Forms]

  • 1. Praecipe (Rule 1:15(b)).
  • 2. Instructions (Rule 1:15(c)).
  • 3. Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order (Rule 1:18B).
  • 3-A. Alternate Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order For Use in Eminent Domain Proceedings (Rule 1:18B).

Regulations Governing Applications for Admission to Virginia Bar Pursuant to Rule of the Supreme Court of Virginia 1A:1, effective December 1, 2018.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • THRESHOLD REQUIREMENTS
  • ASSESSMENT OF FITNESS AND PROGRESS

Part One A. Foreign Attorneys

  • Rule 1A:1. Admission to Practice in This Commonwealth Without Examination
  • Rule 1A:2. Foreign Patent and Trademark Attorneys - When Admitted to Practice in the Courts of This State Limited to Patent and Trademark Law Without Examination.
  • Rule 1A:3. Revocation of Certificates Issued to Attorneys Admitted Pursuant to Rule 1A:2.
  • Rule 1A:4. Out-of-State Lawyers - When Allowed by Comity to Participate in a Case Pro Hac Vice.
  • Rule 1A:5. Virginia Corporate Counsel & Corporate Counsel Registrants.
  • Rule 1A:6. Foreign Attorneys - Registered Military Legal Assistance Attorneys.
  • Rule 1A:7. Certification of Foreign Legal Consultants.
  • Rule 1A:8. Military Spouse Provisional Admission.
  • Appendix
    • 1. Application to Appear Pro Hac Vice Before A Virginia Tribunal.
    • 2. Motion and Oath for Admission as Corporate Counsel.

Part Two. Virginia Rules of Evidence

  • ARTICLE I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
    • Rule 2:101 TITLE
    • Rule 2:102 SCOPE AND CONSTRUCTION OF THESE RULES
    • Rule 2:103 OBJECTIONS AND PROFFERS
    • Rule 2:104 PRELIMINARY DETERMINATIONS
    • Rule 2:105 PROOF ADMITTED FOR LIMITED PURPOSES
    • Rule 2:106 REMAINDER OF A WRITING OR RECORDED STATEMENT
  • ARTICLE II. JUDICIAL NOTICE
    • Rule 2:201 JUDICIAL NOTICE OF ADJUDICATIVE FACTS
    • Rule 2:202 JUDICIAL NOTICE OF LAW
    • Rule 2:203 JUDICIAL NOTICE OF OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS
  • ARTICLE III. PRESUMPTIONS
    • Rule 2:301 PRESUMPTIONS IN GENERAL IN CIVIL ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS
    • Rule 2:302 APPLICABILITY OF FEDERAL LAW IN CIVIL ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS
  • ARTICLE IV. RELEVANCY, POLICY, AND CHARACTER TRAIT PROOF
    • Rule 2:401 DEFINITION OF "RELEVANT EVIDENCE"
    • Rule 2:402 RELEVANT EVIDENCE GENERALLY ADMISSIBLE; IRRELEVANT EVIDENCE INADMISSIBLE
    • Rule 2:403 EXCLUSION OF RELEVANT EVIDENCE ON GROUNDS OF PREJUDICE, CONFUSION, MISLEADING THE JURY, OR NEEDLESS PRESENTATION OF CUMULATIVE EVIDENCE
    • Rule 2:404 Character Evidence Not Admissible to Prove Conduct; Exceptions; Other Crimes
    • Rule 2:405 METHODS OF PROVING CHARACTER TRAITS
    • Rule 2:406 HABIT AND ROUTINE PRACTICE IN CIVIL CASES
    • Rule 2:407 SUBSEQUENT REMEDIAL MEASURES
    • Rule 2:408 COMPROMISE OFFERS AND CONDUCT OR STATEMENTS DURING NEGOTIATIONS.
    • Rule 2:409 EVIDENCE OF ABUSE ADMISSIBLE IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL TRIALS
    • Rule 2:410 WITHDRAWN PLEAS, OFFERS TO PLEAD, AND RELATED STATEMENTS
    • Rule 2:411 INSURANCE
    • Rule 2:412 ADMISSIBILITY OF COMPLAINING WITNESS' PRIOR SEXUAL CONDUCT; CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES; RELEVANCE OF PAST BEHAVIOR
    • Rule 2:413. Evidence of similar crimes in child sexual offense cases
  • ARTICLE V. PRIVILEGES
    • Rule 2:501 PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATIONS
    • Rule 2:502 ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
    • Rule 2:503 CLERGY AND COMMUNICANT PRIVILEGE
    • Rule 2:504 SPOUSAL TESTIMONY AND MARITAL COMMUNICATIONS PRIVILEGES
    • Rule 2:505 HEALING ARTS PRACTITIONER AND PATIENT PRIVILEGE
    • Rule 2:506 MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AND CLIENT PRIVILEGE
    • Rule 2:507 PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETERS
  • ARTICLE VI. WITNESS EXAMINATION
    • Rule 2:601 GENERAL RULE OF COMPETENCY
    • Rule 2:602 LACK OF PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE
    • Rule 2:603 OATH OR AFFIRMATION
    • Rule 2:604 INTERPRETERS
    • Rule 2:605 COMPETENCY OF COURT PERSONNEL AS WITNESSES
    • Rule 2:606 JUROR'S COMPETENCY AS A WITNESS
    • Rule 2:607 IMPEACHMENT OF WITNESSES
    • Rule 2:608 IMPEACHMENT BY EVIDENCE OF REPUTATION FOR TRUTHTELLING AND CONDUCT OF WITNESS
    • Rule 2:609 IMPEACHMENT BY EVIDENCE OF CONVICTION OF CRIME
    • Rule 2:610 BIAS OR PREJUDICE OF A WITNESS
    • Rule 2:611 MODE AND ORDER OF INTERROGATION AND PRESENTATION
    • Rule 2:612 WRITING OR OBJECT USED TO REFRESH MEMORY
    • Rule 2:613 PRIOR STATEMENTS OF WITNESS
    • Rule 2:614 CALLING AND INTERROGATION OF WITNESSES BY COURT
    • Rule 2:615 EXCLUSION OF WITNESSES
  • ARTICLE VII. OPINIONS AND EXPERT TESTIMONY
    • Rule 2:701 OPINION TESTIMONY BY LAY WITNESSES
    • Rule 2:702 TESTIMONY BY EXPERTS
    • Rule 2:703 BASIS OF EXPERT TESTIMONY
    • Rule 2:704 OPINION ON ULTIMATE ISSUE
    • Rule 2:705 FACTS OR DATA USED IN TESTIMONY
    • Rule 2:706 USE OF LEARNED TREATISES WITH EXPERTS
  • ARTICLE VIII. HEARSAY
    • Rule 2:801 DEFINITIONS
    • Rule 2:802 HEARSAY RULE
    • Rule 2:803 Hearsay Exceptions Applicable Regardless of Availability of the Declarant
    • Rule 2:803.1. Statements by Child Describing Acts Relating to Offense Against Children
    • Rule 2:804 HEARSAY EXCEPTIONS APPLICABLE WHERE THE DECLARANT IS UNAVAILABLE
    • Rule 2:805 HEARSAY WITHIN HEARSAY
    • Rule 2:806 ATTACKING AND SUPPORTING CREDIBILITY OF HEARSAY DECLARANT
  • ARTICLE IX. AUTHENTICATION
    • Rule 2:901 REQUIREMENT OF AUTHENTICATION OR IDENTIFICATION
    • Rule 2:902 Self-Authentication
    • Rule 2:903 SUBSCRIBING WITNESS TESTIMONY NOT NECESSARY
  • ARTICLE X. BEST EVIDENCE
    • Rule 2:1001 DEFINITIONS
    • Rule 2:1002 REQUIREMENT OF PRODUCTION OF ORIGINAL
    • Rule 2:1003 USE OF SUBSTITUTE CHECKS
    • Rule 2:1004 ADMISSIBILITY OF OTHER EVIDENCE OF CONTENTS
    • Rule 2:1005 ADMISSIBILITY OF COPIES
    • Rule 2:1006 SUMMARIES
    • Rule 2:1007 TESTIMONY OR WRITTEN ADMISSION OF A PARTY
    • Rule 2:1008 FUNCTIONS OF COURT AND JURY
  • ARTICLE XI. APPLICABILITY
    • Rule 2:1101 APPLICABILITY OF EVIDENTIARY RULES

Part Two. Equity Practice and Procedure

  • Rules 2:1 through 2:21. (Repealed).

Part Two A. Appeals Pursuant to the Administrative Process Act

  • Rule 2A:1. Authorization; Definitions; Application.
  • Rule 2A:2. Notice of Appeal.
  • Rule 2A:3. Record on Appeal.
  • Rule 2A:4. Petition for Appeal.
  • Rule 2A:5. Further Proceedings.
  • Rule 2A:6. Small Business Challenges

Part Three. Practice and Procedures in Civil Actions

  • Rule 3:1. Scope.
  • Rule 3:2. Commencement of Civil Actions.
  • Rule 3:3. Filing of Pleadings; Return of Certain Writs.
  • Rule 3:4. Copies of Complaint.
  • Rule 3:5. The Summons.
  • Rule 3:6. Proof of Service.
  • Rule 3:7. Bills of Particulars.
  • Rule 3:8. Answers, Pleas, Demurrers and Motions.
  • Rule 3:9. Counterclaims.
  • Rule 3:10. Cross-Claims.
  • Rule 3:11. Reply.
  • Rule 3:12. Joinder of Additional Parties.
  • Rule 3:13. Third-Party Practice.
  • Rule 3:14. Intervention.
  • Rule 3:15. Statutory Interpleader.
  • Rule 3:16. New Parties.
  • Rule 3:17. Substitution of Parties.
  • Rule 3:18. General Provisions as to Pleadings.
  • Rule 3:19. Default.
  • Rule 3:20. Motion for Summary Judgment.
  • Rule 3:21. Jury Trial of Right.
  • Rule 3:22. Trial by Jury or by the Court.
  • Rule 3:22A. Examination of Prospective Trial Jurors (Voir Dire).
  • Rule 3:23. Use of and Proceedings Before a Commissioner in Chancery.
  • Rule 3:24. Appeal of Orders of Quarantine or Isolation regarding Communicable Diseases of Public Health Threat.
  • Rule 3:25. Claims for Attorney's Fees.

Part Three A. Criminal Practice and Procedures

  • Rule 3A:1. Scope.
  • Rule 3A:2. Purpose and Interpretation; Definitions.
  • Rule 3A:2.1. Venue in Criminal Cases.
  • Rule 3A:3. The Complaint.
  • Rule 3A:4. Arrest Warrant or Summons.
  • Rule 3A:5. The Grand Jury.
  • Rule 3A:6. The Indictment and the Information.
  • Rule 3A:7. Capias or Summons Upon Indictment or Information.
  • Rule 3A:8. Pleas.
  • Rule 3A:9. Pleadings and Motions for Trial; Defenses and Objections.
  • Rule 3A:10. Trial Together of More Than One Accused or More Than One Offense.
  • Rule 3A:11. Discovery and Inspection.
  • Rule 3A:12. Subpoena.
  • Rule 3A:13. Trial by Jury or by Court.
  • Rule 3A:14. Trial Jurors.
  • Rule 3A:14.1 Confidentiality of Juror Personal Information.
  • Rule 3A:15. Motion to Strike or to Set Aside Verdict; Judgment of Acquittal or New Trial.
  • Rule 3A:16. Instructions.
  • Rule 3A:17. Jury Verdicts.
  • Rule 3A:17.1. Proceedings in Bifurcated Jury Trials of Non-Capital Felonies and Class 1 misdemeanors.
  • Rule 3A:18. Death Penalty.
  • Rule 3A:19. Appeals.
  • Rule 3A:20. Time.
  • Rule 3A:21. Service and Filing of Papers.
  • Rule 3A:22. Forms.
  • Rule 3A:23. Electronic Filing.
  • Rule 3A:24. Special Rule Applicable to Post-Conviction Proceedings: Circuit Court Orders Denying Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus.
  • Rule 3A:25. Special Rule Applicable to Post-Conviction Proceedings: Inmate Filings in the Trial Courts Under Code § 8.01-654.

Part Three A. Criminal Practice and Procedures - Appendix of Forms

  • Form 1. Criminal Complaint (Rule 3A:3).
  • Form 2. Statement of Witness for Arrest Warrant (Rule 3A:3).
  • Form 3. Summons (Rule 3A:4(b)).
  • Form 4. Indictments (Rule 3A:6).
  • Form 5. Capias (Rule 3A:7).
  • Form 6. Waiver of Rights Form (Rule 3A:8)
  • Form 7. Suggested Questions to Be Put by the Court to an Accused Who Has Pleaded Not Guilty (Rule 3A:8).
  • Form 8. Subpoena (Rule 3A:12(a)).
  • Form 9. Subpoena Duces Tecum (Rule 3A:12(b)).
  • Form 10. Contents of Sentencing Orders.
  • Form 11. Misdemeanor Proceedings in District and Circuit Courts (Rule 3A:8(b)(2); Rule 7C:6; and Rule 8:18).

Part Three B. Traffic Infractions and Uniform Fine Schedule

  • Rule 3B:1. Purpose.
  • Rule 3B:2. Uniform Fine Schedule.

Part Three C. Non-Traffic Prepayable Offenses and Uniform Fine Schedule

  • Rule 3C:2. Uniform Fine Schedule.

Part Three D. Civil Practice and Procedure in the General District Courts

  • Rules 3D:1 through 3D:8. (Repealed).

Part Four. Pretrial Procedures, Dispositions/Depositions and Production at Trial

  • Rule 4:0. Application of Part Four.
  • Rule 4:1. General Provisions Governing Discovery.
  • Rule 4:2. Depositions Before Action or Pending Appeal.
  • Rule 4:3. Persons Before Whom Depositions May Be Taken.
  • Rule 4:4. Stipulations Regarding Discovery.
  • Rule 4:5. Depositions Upon Oral Examination.
  • Rule 4:6. Depositions Upon Written Questions.
  • Rule 4:6A. Number of Depositions.
  • Rule 4:7. Use of Depositions in Court Proceedings.
  • Rule 4:7A. Audio-Visual Depositions.
  • Rule 4:8. Interrogatories to Parties.
  • Rule 4:9. Production by Parties of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things; Entry on Land for Inspection and Other Purposes; Production at Trial.
  • Rule 4:9A. Production from Non-Parties of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things and Entry on Land for Inspection and Other Purposes; Production at Trial.
  • Rule 4:10. Physical and Mental Examination of Persons.
  • Rule 4:11. Requests for Admission.
  • Rule 4:12. Failure to Make Discovery; Sanctions.
  • Rule 4:13. Pretrial Procedure; Formulating Issues.
  • Rule 4:14. Disposition of Discovery Material.
  • Rule 4:15. Motions Practice.

Part Five. The Supreme Court

  • A. GENERAL
    • Rule 5:1. Scope, Citation, Applicability, and General Provisions.
    • Rule 5:1A. Penalties for Non-compliance; Show Cause; Dismissal.
    • Rule 5:2. Sessions and Divisions.
    • Rule 5:3. Convening of Court - When En Banc - When in Division.
    • Rule 5:4. Motions and Responses; Orders.
    • Rule 5:5. Filing Deadlines; Post Trial Proceedings Below; Timely Filing by Mail; Inmate Filing; Extension of Time.
    • Rule 5:6. Forms of Briefs and Other Papers.
    • Rule 5:6A. Citation of Supplemental Authorities.
  • B. ORIGINAL JURISDICTION
    • Rule 5:7. Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus, Mandamus, and Prohibition.
    • Rule 5:7A. Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus in Cases in Which the Sentence of Death Has Been Imposed.
    • Rule 5:7B. Petition for a Writ of Actual Innocence.
  • C. PROCEDURE FOR FILING AN APPEAL FROM A TRIAL COURT
    • Rule 5:8. Applicability.
    • Rule 5:9. Notice of Appeal.
    • Rule 5:10. Record on Appeal: Contents.
    • Rule 5:11. Record on Appeal: Transcript or Written Statement.
    • Rule 5:12. Judge Authorized to Act.
    • Rule 5:13. Record on Appeal: Preparation and Transmission.
    • Rule 5:13A. Digital Appellate Record: Preparation and Transmission.
  • D. PROCEDURE FOR FILING AN APPEAL FROM THE COURT OF APPEALS
    • Rule 5:14. Notice of Appeal; Certification.
    • Rule 5:15. Record on Appeal From Court of Appeals or Certification for Review.
    • Rule 5:16. Disposition of Record.
  • E. PERFECTING THE APPEAL
    • Rule 5:17. Petition for Appeal.
    • Rule 5:17A. Petition for Review Pursuant to Code § 8.01-626; Injunctions.
    • Rule 5:18. Brief in Opposition.
    • Rule 5:19. Reply Brief.
    • Rule 5:20. Petition for Rehearing After Refusal of Petition for Appeal, Refusal of Assignments of Cross-Error, or Disposition of an Original Jurisdiction Petition.
    • Rule 5:20A. Denial of Appeal; Petition for Rehearing.
  • F. SPECIAL RULES
    • Rule 5:21. Special Rules Applicable to Certain Appeals of Right.
    • Rule 5:22. Special Rule for Appeals in Death Penalty Cases.
  • G. PROCEDURE FOLLOWING PERFECTION OF APPEAL
    • Rule 5:23. Perfection of Appeal; Docketing.
    • Rule 5:24. Security for Appeal.
    • Rule 5:25. Preservation of Issues for Appellate Review.
    • Rule 5:26. General Requirements for All Briefs.
    • Rule 5:27. Requirements for Opening Brief of Appellant.
    • Rule 5:28. Requirements for Brief of Appellee.
    • Rule 5:29. Requirements for Reply Brief.
    • Rule 5:30. Briefs Amicus Curiae.
    • Rule 5:31. Covers of Documents.
    • Rule 5:32. Appendix.
    • Rule 5:33. Oral Argument.
  • H. DECISION, COSTS, AND MANDATE
    • Rule 5:34. Notice of Decision.
    • Rule 5:35. Attorney's Fees, Costs, and Notarized Bill of Costs.
    • Rule 5:36. Mandate.
    • Rule 5:37. Petition for Rehearing After Consideration by the Full Court.
  • I. SETTLEMENT OR WITHDRAWAL
    • Rule 5:38. Settlement or Withdrawal of Pending Appeal.
  • J. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
    • Rule 5:39. Delay in Issuing Mandate Upon Appeal or Petition to Supreme Court of the United States.
  • K. CERTIFICATION OF QUESTIONS OF LAW
    • Rule 5:40. Certification Procedures.
  • L. APPEALS RELATING TO QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION ORDERS
    • Rule 5:41. Appeal of Orders Relating to Quarantine or Isolation of Persons.

Part Five. The Supreme Court - Appendix of Forms.

  • Notes
  • Form 1. Bond for Costs Alone - Appeal of Right From Circuit Court to Court of Appeals (including further appeal to the Supreme Court).
  • Form 2. Bond for Costs and Suspension - Appeal From Circuit Court to Appellate Court.
  • Form 3. Bond for Costs Alone Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 4. Bond for Suspension Alone Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 5. Bond for Costs and Suspension Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 6. Additional Bond Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 7. Bond for Costs Alone - Required by Supreme Court on Appeal of Right From State Corporation Commission.
  • Form 8. Bond for Costs and Suspension - Required by Supreme Court on Appeal of Right From State Corporation Commission.
  • Form 9. Form for Execution and Acknowledgment of All Bonds.
  • Form 10. Irrevocable Letters of Credit.
  • Form 11. Petition for a Writ of Actual Innocence

Part Five A. The Court of Appeals

  • A. GENERAL
    • Rule 5A:1. Scope, Citation, Applicability and General Provisions.
    • Rule 5A:1A. Penalties for Non-compliance; Show Cause; Dismissal.
    • Rule 5A:2. Motions and Responses; Orders.
    • Rule 5A:3. Filing Deadlines; Post Trial Proceedings Below; Timely Filing by Mail; Inmate Filing; Extension of Time.
    • Rule 5A:4. Forms of Briefs and Other Papers.
    • Rule 5A:4A. Citation of Supplemental Authorities.
  • B. ORIGINAL JURISDICTION
    • Rule 5A:5. Original Proceedings.
  • C. PROCEDURE FOR FILING AN APPEAL FROM THE TRIAL COURT
    • Rule 5A:6. Notice of Appeal.
    • Rule 5A:7. Record on Appeal: Contents.
    • Rule 5A:8. Record on Appeal: Transcript or Written Statement.
    • Rule 5A:9. Judge Authorized to Act.
    • Rule 5A:10. Record on Appeal: Preparation and Transmission.
    • Rule 5A:10A. Digital Appellate Record: Preparation and Transmission.
  • D. PROCEDURE FOR FILING AN APPEAL FROM THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION
    • Rule 5A:11. Special Rule Applicable to Appeals From the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.
  • E. PROCEDURE ON PETITION FOR APPEAL IN CRIMINAL CASES AND TRAFFIC INFRACTIONS
    • Rule 5A:12. Petition for Appeal.
    • Rule 5A:13. Brief in Opposition.
    • Rule 5A:14. Reply Brief.
    • Rule 5A:15. Denial of Petition for Appeal; Petition for Rehearing.
    • Rule 5A:15A. Denial of Petition for Appeal; Petition for Rehearing Filed by Electronic Means.
  • F. PROCEDURE FOLLOWING PERFECTION OF APPEAL
    • Rule 5A:16. Perfection of Appeal; Docketing.
    • Rule 5A:17. Security for Appeal.
    • Rule 5A:18. Preservation of Issues for Appellate Review.
    • Rule 5A:19. General Requirements for All Briefs.
    • Rule 5A:20. Requirements for Opening Brief of Appellant.
    • Rule 5A:21. Requirements for Brief of Appellee or Guardian Ad Litem.
    • Rule 5A:22. Requirements for Reply Brief.
    • Rule 5A:23. Briefs Amicus Curiae.
    • Rule 5A:24. Covers of Documents.
    • Rule 5A:25. Appendix.
    • Rule 5A:26. Effect of Noncompliance With Rules Regarding Briefs.
    • Rule 5A:27. Summary Disposition.
    • Rule 5A:28. Oral Argument.
  • G. DECISION, COSTS, AND MANDATE
    • Rule 5A:29. Notice of Decision.
    • Rule 5A:30. Costs and Notarized Bill of Costs.
    • Rule 5A:31. Mandate.
  • H. REHEARING
    • Rule 5A:32. Scope.
    • Rule 5A:33. Rehearing - On Motion of a Party After Final Disposition of a Case.
    • Rule 5A:34. Rehearing En Banc After Final Disposition of a Case.
    • Rule 5A:35. Procedure for Rehearing.
  • I. SETTLEMENT, WITHDRAWAL, AND MEDIATION
    • Rule 5A:36. Settlement or Withdrawal of Pending Appeal.
    • Rule 5A:37. Appellate Settlement Conference in the Court of Appeals.
  • Rule 5A:38. Petition for Review Pursuant to Code § 8.01-626; Injunctions.

Part Five A. The Court of Appeals - Appendix of Forms.

  • Notes
  • Form 1. Bond for Costs Alone - Appeal of Right From Circuit Court to Court of Appeals (including further appeal to the Supreme Court).
  • Form 2. Bond for Costs and Suspension - Appeal From Circuit Court to Appellate Court.
  • Form 3. Bond for Costs Alone Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 4. Bond for Suspension Alone Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 5. Bond for Costs and Suspension Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 6. Additional Bond Required by Appellate Court on Appeal From Circuit Court.
  • Form 7. Bond for Costs Alone - Appeal of Right From Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to Court of Appeals (including further appeal to the Supreme Court).
  • Form 8. Form for Execution and Acknowledgment of All Bonds.
  • Form 9. Irrevocable Letters of Credit.
  • Form 10. Petition for a Writ of Actual Innocence Based on Nonbiological Evidence

Part Six Integration of the State Bar

  • Section I. Unauthorized Practice Rules and Considerations
  • Section II. Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Section III. Canons of Judicial Conduct for the State of Virginia
  • Section IV. Organization and Government
  • Section V. Bylaws of the Council of the Virginia State Bar
  • Section VI. Virginia State Bar Bylaws
  • Section VII. Acts of the General Assembly (The Bar Act of 1938 and Appendix)

Part Seven A. General District Courts - In General

  • Rule 7A:1. Scope.
  • Rule 7A:2. Computation of Time.
  • Rule 7A:3. Counsel.
  • Rule 7A:4. Reporters and Transcripts of Proceedings in Court.
  • Rule 7A:5. Discretion of Court.
  • Rule 7A:6. Preservation of the Record.
  • Rule 7A:7. Filing Format and Procedure.
  • Rule 7A:8. General Provisions as to Pleadings.
  • Rule 7A:9. Amendments.
  • Rule 7A:10. Copies of Pleadings and Requests for Subpoenas Duces Tecum to be Furnished.
  • Rule 7A:11. Endorsements.
  • Rule 7A:12. Requests for Subpoenas for Witnesses and Records.
  • Rule 7A:13. What Constitutes Noting an Appeal.
  • Rule 7A:14. Continuances.
  • Rule 7A:15. General Information Relating to Each Court.
  • Rule 7A:16. Isolation Proceedings under Article 3.01 of Title 32.1 of the Code of Virginia; Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance.

Part Seven B. General District Courts - Civil

  • Rule 7B:1. Scope.
  • Rule 7B:2. Specific Rule for Pleadings in General District Courts.
  • Rule 7B:3. General Provisions as to Pleadings.
  • Rule 7B:4. Trial of Action.
  • Rule 7B:5. Production of Written Agreement.
  • Rule 7B:6. Verification.
  • Rule 7B:7. Appearance by Plaintiff.
  • Rule 7B:8. Failure of Plaintiff to Appear.
  • Rule 7B:9. Failure of Defendant to Appear.
  • Rule 7B:10. Third-Party Practice and Consolidation of Actions.
  • Rule 7B:11. Motions to Transfer.
  • Rule 7B:12. Appeal by One Party; Separate Notices of Appeal by Other Parties.

Part Seven C. General District Courts - Criminal and Traffic

  • Rule 7C:1. Scope.
  • Rule 7C:2. Venue.
  • Rule 7C:3. The Complaint, Warrant, Summons and Capias.
  • Rule 7C:4. Trial Together of More Than One Accused or More Than One Offense and Joint Preliminary Hearings.
  • Rule 7C:5. Discovery.
  • Rule 7C:6. Pleas.
  • Rule 7C:7. Service and Filing of Papers.

Part Eight. Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts

  • Rule 8:1. Scope.
  • Rule 8:2. Definitions.
  • Rule 8:3. Contents of Petitions in Certain Proceedings.
  • Rule 8:4. Service of Process - Motion to Reduce Support Arrearages to Judgment.
  • Rule 8:5. Court-Ordered Reports.
  • Rule 8:6. The Roles of Counsel and of Guardians Ad Litem When Representing Children.
  • Rule 8:7. Format for Filing.
  • Rule 8:8. Pleadings.
  • Rule 8:8A. Filing Documents Electronically.
  • Rule 8:9. Discretion of Court.
  • Rule 8:10. Motions to Transfer Venue.
  • Rule 8:11. Reporters and Transcripts of Proceedings in Court.
  • Rule 8:12. Preservation of the Record.
  • Rule 8:13. Requests for Subpoenas for Witnesses and Records.
  • Rule 8:14. Continuances.
  • Rule 8:15. Discovery.
  • Rule 8:16. Arraignment in Juvenile Delinquency Cases.
  • Rule 8:17. Notification and Waiver of Trial Rights of Parties.
  • Rule 8:18. Pleas.
  • Rule 8:19. Endorsements of Orders.
  • Rule 8:20. Appeals.
  • Rule 8:21. Violations of Court Orders.
  • Rule 8:22. Judicial Consent.

Part Nine. Judicial Performance Evaluation Program

  • Rule 9:1. Purpose and Operation.
  • Rule 9:2. Confidentiality.

Part Ten. Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster

  • Rule 10. Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster.

Part Ten. Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster - Appendix of Forms

  • Form 1. Registration Statement For Lawyer Engaging In Temporary Practice Following Determination Of Major Disaster.
  • Form 2. Motion And Oath For Temporary Admission After Major Disaster.

Part Eleven. Access to Judicial Records

  • Rule 11:1. Scope.
  • Rule 11:2. Definitions.
  • Rule 11:3. Records of Judicial Officers.
  • Rule 11:4. Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary.
  • Rule 11:5. Procedure for Public Access to Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary.
  • Rule 11:6. Access to Records of Other Entities of the Virginia Judiciary.
  • Rule 11:7. Reconsideration of Denial of Public Access to Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary.
  • Rule 11:8. Reconsideration of Denial of Public Access to Records of Judicial Officers or Other Entities of the Virginia Judiciary.


Published December 1, 2020.