Sarah Bruns Law PLLC

For over a decade, Sarah Bruns has been aggressively protecting the rights of her clients in Northern Virginia in matters of Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI) Defense.

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Clerk of the Circuit Court | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website 09/14/2021

Clerk of the Circuit Court | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

Don't forget to fill out your jury questionnaires!!

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The Jury Office in the office of the Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court is sending out more than 50,000 jury questionnaire postcards to Loudoun County residents for the purpose of determining who is qualified for jury duty in Loudoun County in 2022. Loudoun residents who receive the postcard are directed to use an online, secure portal to complete the jury questionnaire instead of using paper documents. The postcard questionnaires and online portal provide for a more efficient way for the recipient to complete the questionnaire and more efficient for the Clerk’s Jury Office team to process tens of thousands of questionnaires.

The annual jury questionnaire process enables the circuit court and the clerk’s office jury management team to establish a qualified pool of jurors who may be summonsed to serve jury duty in 2022. While the questionnaire process is commencing now, those citizens who are deemed qualified to serve as jurors will not be called to serve jury duty until calendar year 2022. “The jury questionnaire is a legal document used by the Court to conduct a survey that allows the Jury Office and Jury Commissioners to determine who is qualified and eligible to serve in 2022,” said Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens. “The jury questionnaire for 2022 is not a summons for jury duty.”

Clemens is requesting that citizens who receive a jury questionnaire postcard to take the time to read and complete the questionnaire online by using the secure website link to access the online process. There are instructions in the questionnaire postcard to assist recipients who may not be able to complete the process online.

“The timely participation of those who receive the questionnaires is beneficial to the efficiency of the qualification process and it helps the court system provide the constitutional guarantee of a jury trial to criminal and civil litigants,” stated Clemens. “The Loudoun County Circuit Court continues to schedule and conduct jury trials consistent with the Supreme Court’s Jury Trial Transition Plan, so I truly appreciate the cooperation of each resident who receives a juror questionnaire postcard in the mail. It is important that each recipient respond accordingly to ensure we have a representative and qualified pool of jurors for 2022.”

For more information about jury duty and the juror questionnaires, visit loudoun.gov/jury. To find out more about the services offered by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, visit loudoun.gov/clerk. D

Clerk of the Circuit Court | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website Learn about how the clerk of the Circuit Court provides administrative assistance to the judges of the Loudoun County Circuit Court.

A judge gave a drug dealer a second chance. Sixteen years later, he swore him in as a lawyer. 05/26/2021

A judge gave a drug dealer a second chance. Sixteen years later, he swore him in as a lawyer.

Many people find themselves in turmoil before the court system. It is important that the people in the system never overlook the humans it encounters. This ia a beautiful story. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/05/25/edward-martell-lawyer-judge-bruce-morrow/

A judge gave a drug dealer a second chance. Sixteen years later, he swore him in as a lawyer. Edward Martell once potentially faced years in prison. With a judge's support, he turned his life around.

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Loudoun County, Virginia judges lift the mask mandate in the Leesburg courthouse for vaccinated individuals, except for jury trials.

A Zoom hearing for her domestic violence case went viral. Now people are blaming her, she says. 03/12/2021

A Zoom hearing for her domestic violence case went viral. Now people are blaming her, she says.

In time of judicial emergency orders and virtual court hearings, it is very difficult to balance the constitutional requirement that hearings be public with the reality of viral media, especially in light of sensitive matters such as domestic violence. This case shows some of those perils. https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/03/12/mary-lindsey-coby-harris-zoom-hearing/

A Zoom hearing for her domestic violence case went viral. Now people are blaming her, she says. A virtual court hearing was cut short as it became clear that the defendant was tuning in from the apartment of his alleged victim. The video was viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube before it was taken down.

[02/18/21]   All three Loudoun County Courts will be closed tomorrow by order of the Circuit Court on Friday, February 19.

[02/17/21]   All Loudoun County courts closed tomorrow due to inclement weather, per the local bar association.

02/09/2021

Lawrence Hurley on Twitter

During the pandemic and ensuing judicial emergency, courts and lawyers have been trying to hard to keep access to the courts open to the public. This has led to us all trying to get used to virtual court hearings. And while these matters are of importance to the parties involved and must be taken seriously, I think everyone should take a moment to enjoy this lawyer accidentally appearing as a cat for a court hearing! https://twitter.com/lawrencehurley/status/1359207169091108864?s=21

““I’m here live, I’m not a cat,” says lawyer after Zoom filter mishap “I can see that,” responds judge https://t.co/HclKlAUwbM”

02/05/2021

Justice Forward Virginia

This is a historic day. Virginia has voted to end the death penalty. It is expected to be signed by Governor Northam. There is also pending legislation to legalize ma*****na and to end mandatory minimum sentences (at least some but hopefully all).

BIG AND BREAKING: The Virginia has voted to #AbolishTheDeathPenalty! Delegate Mike Mullin—Chief Patron of HB2263—both awestruck and appalled that we indeed will be the only southern state to have done so. Thank you Delegate, and to a long list of advocates working years to see to this!

loudoun.gov 12/16/2020

Loudoun County, VA

The Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, the Loudoun County General District Court, and the Loudoun County Circuit Court are closed for hearings on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, except for remote hearings that were previously scheduled in the Circuit Court. This announcement does not affect operations of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, which will be open for appointments only. https://www.loudoun.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=6231

loudoun.gov County Operational Status Wed., Dec. 16, 2020

10/12/2020

Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote or update your address in Virginia. Find all the information you need at this link! Get out and vote! I did! https://acluva.org/en/voters-rights

reuters.com 09/18/2020

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies of cancer -court statement

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. I am devastated. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-ginsburg-idUSKBN269395

reuters.com U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of cancer on Friday evening, the court said in a statement.

oag.state.va.us 08/11/2020

August 11, 2020 - Herring Outlines Priorities for Criminal Justice and Policing Reform Ahead of Special Session

Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring lists some much-needed criminal justice and policing reforms ahead of the August special session. https://www.oag.state.va.us/media-center/news-releases/1790-august-11-2020-herring-outlines-priorities-for-criminal-justice-and-policing-reform-ahead-of-special-session

oag.state.va.us Ahead of the upcoming special session of the General Assembly, Attorney General Mark R. Herring today outlined his priorities for criminal justice and policing reforms that will reduce brutality and abuses of power by law enforcement, increase transparency, accountability, justice, and equality, and...

08/07/2020

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order suspending the issuance of writs of eviction for failure to pay rent through September 7, 2020.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/67d1d8c9-5f3f-479d-a0c1-41b5ee444831/Supreme_Court_amended_8th_order_staying_evictions_August_7_2020.pdf

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twitter.com 07/09/2020

VDOT Northern VA on Twitter

I see a lot of debate and confusion in neighborhood Facebook groups about crosswalks. As of July 1, 2020, drivers must stop and wait for the pedestrian to fully cross their lane. This one comes with a steep fine - $500.
https://twitter.com/VaDOTNOVA/status/1281197661970989057?s=20

twitter.com “Ahem. 👇👇 #juststopalready”

loudoun.gov 07/08/2020

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Clinic | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

Loudoun County Animal Services is hosting a free rabies vaccination clinic July 17 from 10-3. See link for details. https://www.loudoun.gov/3906/Community-Rabies-Vaccination-Clinic

loudoun.gov Information on Loudoun County Animal Services low-cost rabies vaccine and microchip clinics.

law.lis.virginia.gov 07/02/2020

Title 46.2. Motor Vehicles

Many new laws came into effect today in Virginia! I'll go through a few in a series of posts, but I'll start with the one that will impact the most people. First - to get ahead of the game - it's time to buy a mount for your phone in your car!

As of January 1, 2021, it will illegal to hold your phone or handheld communication device in your hand while driving a car, under newly created Virginia Code Section 46.2-818.2. The fine will be hefty, $125 for the first time.

Right now, that provision only applies to driving in a work zone, under Virginia Code 46.2-1078. On January 1, 2021, 46.2-1078 will be repealed and will be replaced by 46.2-818.2. Further, it is important to note that if you are convicted of Reckless Driving after January 1, 2021, and were found to have been in violation of 46.2-818.2 at that time, you will have an additional mandatory minimum fine of $250. It's a good idea to get that mount and get out of the habit of touching your phone while driving (even for things like GPS) in the time between now and the New Year.

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter8/section46.2-818.2/

law.lis.virginia.gov Table of Contents » Title 46.2. Motor Vehicles » Subtitle III. Operation » Chapter 8. Regulation of Traffic » Article 1. General and Miscellaneous » § 46.2-818.2. (Effective January 1, 2021) Use of handheld personal communications devices in certain motor vehicles; exceptions; penalty

06/08/2020

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order stopping evictions through June 28. https://loudounbar.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92&id=7c5e14a746&e=b4c8a78137

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princewilliamtimes.com 06/07/2020

Tracey Lenox to head county’s new public defenders’ office

This is great news for Prince William County. https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/tracey-lenox-to-head-county-s-new-public-defenders-office/article_536e0f06-a7f9-11ea-8f7d-0b4f46d81849.html

princewilliamtimes.com Local criminal defense attorney Tracey Lenox has been selected to serve as chief public defender for the newly created Prince William County Public Defenders’ office.

05/15/2020

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The Loudoun County Courts have issued a joint order regarding how the public can enter the courthouse. Please allow yourself extra time for additional screening and don't enter the courthouse if any of these rules apply to you. Also please note that you will be required to wear a mask.

https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/4018b29d-fb07-4f11-ab7c-f03844b55d56/Courthouse_Order_COVID_19_precautions_and_requirements_May_2020.pdf

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05/06/2020

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the judicial emergency through June 7, 2020 but this order leaves open some questions. All jury trials in the Commonwealth of Virginia are suspended. https://loudounbar.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92&id=cd470a8a22&e=b4c8a78137

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04/29/2020

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Loudoun County Circuit Court has issued a new order clarifying how civil and criminal cases can be heard for the time being. Parties will appreciate being able to get more issues before the court, but contested matters requiring evidence will still have to wait.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/c0f817a3-0fd3-47c7-a021-d72d0eca0036/Circuit_Court_Order_Establishing_Temporary_Hearing_Procedures.pdf

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04/22/2020

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the Judicial Emergency court closures until May 17. Only essential matters will be heard. See order:https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/e42ad986-b55e-4609-9ffe-1dadcf6f7dba/Supreme_Court_order_extending_emergency_April_22_2020.pdf

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04/16/2020

This is so generous.

In an effort to show compassion for our neighbors during these difficult times, we are providing healthy, free lunch for those in need at 338 E. Market St. (located across from McDonalds).

Today, we partnered with SOLO NY PIZZA in Leesburg to provide food to those in need.

Please stop by and take what you need.

04/10/2020

These free wi-fi hotspots are very good news for western Loudoun residents who struggle with unreliable internet. Getting information about COVID-19 is essential so I’m glad the county is providing this service!

04/09/2020

With the Governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order, there must also come the recognition that not everyone is safe at home. Here are resources in Loudoun County.

04/06/2020

The nonprofit I work with is seeking barn homes for barn cats! Please share!

It's a great time to adopt a cat! We have an urgent need for people with a barn, shed, garage or outbuilding who can help save a few community cats! Take advantage of the time you are spending at home and help save the lives of some community cats in need. These cats can help control rodents and other critters on your property if you can provide them with food, shelter and fresh water. The transition to acclimate the cats to your property takes a few weeks so now is the perfect time to do it!
https://loudounnow.com/2020/04/06/loudoun-rescue-organization-seeks-homes-for-community-cats/

04/01/2020

So many thanks as I celebrate one year in business as a solo practitioner.

Even though courts and litigants are facing so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I plan to continue serving my clients and the community.

03/30/2020

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Today, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 55, which requires that all Virginians stay at home, with a list of exceptions. The Governor, however, did not choose to make violating that provision of the order a misdemeanor, as he did in other parts, which may leave it largely unenforceable in practicality. https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A88d688e6-2dd4-4676-95fe-0aed091fb30f

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03/30/2020

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The Loudoun General District Court (the court that hears matters such as small claims, misdemeanors, and traffic matters) has issued an order regarding court operations after the Supreme Court of Virginia's emergency order shutting down courts except for essential matters until April 26, 2020.https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/5997c5f4-cca7-401d-bbae-8ddd8887e2e1/GDC_Revised_COVID_19_Order_03302020.pdf

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nbcnews.com 03/28/2020

The stimulus check won't be in the mail for Americans who owe child support

If you owe back child support, and the state has registered your debt with the Department of the Treasury, you will not be receiving your stimulus check. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/stimulus-check-won-t-be-mail-americans-who-owe-child-n1170596

nbcnews.com But back taxes or late student loan payments don't disqualify people from getting the full amount they're eligible for.

03/27/2020

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended its Emergency Order through April 26, 2020. Only essential matters will be heard during this time.

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03/23/2020

www.governor.virginia.gov

Here is the original copy of the order Governor Northam entered today.

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

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03/20/2020

This is wonderful news! I believe Public Defender’s offices raise the quality of criminal defense in a jurisdiction.

Governor Ralph Northam has signed my bill creating the Prince William County Public Defender's Office which will also cover the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park! Thank you to everyone who worked to make it happen including my Chief Cosponsor and first Public Defender Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, our cosponsors Jeremy McPike, Senator George Barker, John Bell, Luke Torian, Hala Ayala, Elizabeth Guzman, Danica Roem - Virginia Delegate, Lee J. Carter, Dan Helmer, and Suhas Subramanyam, and our grassroots advocate Rev. Keith Savage and Rev. Clyde Ellis and PWC Voice, and our local government delegation who has committed to locally fund fair salaries - Ann Wheeler, Prince William County Chairman, Angry For Supervisor, Andrea Bailey Prince William County Supervisor, Kenny Allen Boddye, and Margaret Angela Franklin for Woodbridge!

03/19/2020

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Loudoun GDC has issued an order today which amends the order it entered on March 16. You may view the order here:
https://mcusercontent.com/a475aa04afd19da9b96662f92/files/37a20d9c-3312-492b-b361-d7bd0f734cce/GDC_Revised_Order_on_COVID_19_March_18_2020.pdf

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