Orders of Publication

If a party’s whereabouts are unknown after due diligence has been used to locate the party to be served, the court can proceed with an order of publication. This means that either the Corut will publish notice on this website, or contact a newspaper to publish notice of the pending case in their legal ads.

An affidavit (Form DC-435 (PDF) - Instructions (PDF)) must be filed with the Clerk of Court. You may be responsible for the costs of publishing the notice in a newspaper. Online postings are free.

Read Virginia law regarding orders of publication (Virginia Code § 8.01-316).