Judicial Services provides courthouse and courtroom security for more than 70,000 cases at the Alexandria Courthouse annually and is the base of operations for the Sheriff’s Office’s legal process and eviction functions.
Effective October 2, 2017, by court order, all cell phones, cameras, video recording
devices or similar equipment will be prohibited inside the Alexandria
Courthouse without court authorization. Visitors may store such items in lockers for a nominal fee. Law enforcement, attorneys, media and courthouse staff are exempted. Individuals who need their phones or similar devices for
evidence must first request permission from the judge in court.
In 2016, Special Operations deputies cleared 613 warrants, removing from the community individuals charged with offenses such as Burglary, Grand Larceny, Felonious Assault and violation of domestic violence Protective Orders. In cooperation with Virginia State Police, the section also verifies the residence of registered sex offenders living in the City to ensure that the offenders maintain their addresses as reported.
Service of legal process is a major function of the Judicial Services Section. In 2016, Judicial Services deputies served more than 15,000 civil documents with an average service turn around time of 48 hours. They also served more than 1,200 protective orders, including emergency protective orders and child protective orders.
Special Operations deputies also transport individuals in the Sheriff’s custody to other correctional facilities and courts, and to State mental health hospitals, completing 1,873 prisoner transports, including extraditions, in 2016. The Bureau's hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. To reach the Judicial Operations, located inside the Alexandria Courthouse at 520 King Street, call 703.746.4120 during regular business hours.