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Fairfax County filed a petition in the general district court, seeking an order declaring Dolores Davis to be an unfit pet owner. The general district court entered the order, and Davis appealed to the circuit court. The county filed a motion to nonsuit the case, which the circuit court granted. The county then filed a new petition in the general district court. The general district court dismissed the petition on the ground that it lacked jurisdiction, and the county appealed to the circuit court. The circuit court then entered an order declaring Davis to be an unfit pet owner, and Davis appealed. The court of appeals affirmed the circuit court's exercise of jurisdiction. Davis appealed, and the Supreme Court reversed. Because the circuit court's appellate jurisdiction is derivative of the general district court's jurisdiction, the Court held that the circuit court did not have jurisdiction to decide the re-filed case on the merits after the general district court's dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. View "Davis v. County of Fairfax" on Justia Law