VBSO COVID-19 response and cancellations

The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is taking every possible precaution to safeguard the health and safety of every person living and working inside the Virginia Beach Correctional Center. In consultation with health officials and federal, state and local leadership, we continue to closely monitor the situation and take proactive measures to reduce the potential of exposure in the jail.  Current efforts include:

  • Heightened screening of arrestees prior to entering the facility
  • Testing symptomatic inmates for COVID-19
  • Issuing masks to all general population inmates
  • Stocking of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Reminding everyone to take universal health precautions, such as frequent hand washing
  • Reducing the jail population
  • Limiting inmate movement between housing units in the jail
  • Vaccinating inmates and staff (vaccinations are voluntary)

In addition, the following steps have been taken:

Health screenings required at the Virginia Beach Courthouse

The Virginia Beach Courthouse is operating under the Judicial Emergency order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia through June 22, 2022. The Virginia Beach Circuit Court and has also issued its own court order regarding modified operations in those courts. Both orders are posted on the right-hand side of this page (at the bottom on mobile devices).

The Supreme Court of Virginia requires that we use the Interim Guidance for Daily COVID-19 Screening of Patrons from the Virginia Department of Health.

Those who fail the health screening may be denied entrance to the building. If that occurs, you will be directed to contact the appropriate clerk's office by telephone or other remote means to make alternate arrangements for conducting your business with the court.

In addition, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has implemented the following health and safety procedures for the Courthouse:

• A new traffic flow for ingress and egress, which is marked by signs, cones and fencing.

• Limiting the number of people allowed in the security checkpoint area at one time (to ensure social distancing).

• Ensuring social distancing is observed throughout the building. At the direction of the judges, only a limited number of people may be allowed into each courtroom at one time.

    Please be sure to give yourself additional time to comply with the health and security screenings when entering the building. Expect delays and plan accordingly.

    Those with pending civil or criminal matters that were continued (rescheduled) during the Judicial Emergency should contact the appropriate court for their new court date. All other offices located inside the Courthouse should be contacted directly for information on available services. Contact information is available at vbgov.com.

    For Virginia Beach Circuit Court filings, a satellite location is available at 1804 Princess Anne Road (open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for drive-through marriage licenses, notary item pickup and first-time concealed-carry permits). In addition, lockboxes have been provided for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/land recording paperwork on the steps of the Courthouse Extension (Building 10B). Electronic recording is also available. Additional information on Circuit Court services available during this time is posted at vblandrecords.com.

    A drop box for filing records with the General District Court Clerk's Office is available at the main entrance to the Courthouse (Building 10).

    Please understand that these steps are being taken for the health and safety of our community. Thank you!

    Civil Process operations modified

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of public health and safety, the VBSO Civil Process Division has modified its civil process operations in keeping with the Judicial Emergency orders from the Supreme Court of Virginia and local courts. For additional information, visit our About Civil Process page.

    Under the state budget, evictions for nonpayment of rent resumed on Jan. 1, 2021, if the landlord meets certain conditions, including notifying the renter of the availability of rental assistance. Full information is available in the pertinent budget amendment here. Information on the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program is available at dhcd.virginia.gov.

    Civil Process questions? Call 757-385-6234.

    Options available for paying inmate fees and accounts

    The Accounting window located in the Visitation Lobby is open at this time. In-person account deposits and payments for inmate fees can be made at this location or dropped via the drop box located next to the Magistrate's Office at 2501 James Madison Blvd. (on the side of the building facing Nimmo Parkway) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. These include Weekender, Electronic Home Incarceration Program and Offender Management System payments as well as inmate account deposits. Weekender fees must be paid by 4 p.m. each Thursday.

    The following options are also available:

    Telephone account deposits: Call 877-650-4249 or visit GTL's website at web.connectednetwork.com

    Canteen accounts: Call 877-650-4249, visit GTL's website at web.connectednetwork.com or mail a money order, certified check or cashier’s check made payable to “VBSO Inmate Account” to:

    Inmate’s name and OMS number
    c/o Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
    VBSO Inmate Account
    P.O. Box 6186
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    Inmate fees: Mail the bill stub with a check or money order to:

    Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
    P.O. Box 6469
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456
    Payable to:
    VBSO Inmate Account

    These changes will remain in effect for the foreseeable future and will be reevaluated daily and updated as needed.

    Please check here and/or our social media sites for additional information about steps we are taking to monitor and prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus. As always, the health and safety of the community, the inmates, and the deputies and civilians of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is our top priority.

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