Any person may proceed to enforce the rights and privileges conferred by the Virginia FOIA by filing a petition for mandamus or injunction, supported by an affidavit showing good cause.
Such petition may be brought in the name of the person notwithstanding that a request for public records was made by the person’s attorney in his representative capacity. Venue for the petition shall be addressed as follows:
1. In a case involving a local public body, to the general district court or circuit court of the county or city from which the public body has been elected or appointed to serve and in which such rights and privileges were so denied;
2. In a case involving a regional public body, to the general district or circuit court of the county or city where the principal business office of such body is located; and
3. In a case involving a board, bureau, commission, authority, district, institution, or agency of the state government, including a public institution of higher education, or a standing or other committee of the General Assembly, to the general district court or the circuit court of the residence of the aggrieved party or of the City of Richmond. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3713.)