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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Family lawyers v. psychologists, Round 2

One of last year’s fiercest lobbying battles in the General Assembly has been one-sided so far this time around. Domestic relations attorneys, with the support of the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, are determined to get ...

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What would JIRC have done?

This is a case from Maryland. But in light of the recent de-benching of a Southwest Virginia judge by the Supreme Court on a complaint brought by the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, one can’t help but wonder what would ...

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Retirement age for judges may increase

The Virginia Judicial Council has recommended raising the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. That’s fine with the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, which reported SB 19 on a 10-4 vote last week and referred it to ...

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Status of bills corrected

We were a little off last week in describing the status of essentially identical bills in the House and Senate that would make it faster to terminate parental rights and get children adopted and out of foster care. We correctly ...

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One costly bowl of chili

A Roanoke general district judge has given 30 days in jail to a guy accused of ordering, then not paying for, a bowl of chili at the Texas Tavern. The Texas Tavern is the only 24-hour restaurant in downtown Roanoke. ...

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House, Senate split on termination of parental rights

Faster termination of parental rights is seen as a way to get children out of foster care and adopted more quickly. The proposal in House Bill 750 and Senate Bill 394 is for terminations to be appealed directly from juvenile ...

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Judges face reappointment questions

Two judges who were appointed when Republicans controlled the General Assembly appear to face an uphill battle for second terms. Legislators insist, however, that performance, not politics, is the issue. Democrats took control of the Senate in the November election. ...

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