A group of legal leaders in Virginia says the state needs to get a handle on what it pays for liability claims against state employees. Members of the Boyd-Graves Conference, which makes recommendations for improvements in civil practice, renewed a call on Friday for a legislative study of claims paid under the Virginia Tort Claims Act.
At issue is Virginia’s patchwork pattern of governmental immunity that allows some liability claims against local government employees but blocks other claims. Recommending a uniform standard was one of the goals of a Boyd-Graves study committee.
The question arose whether local government should be under the VTCA, which now allows claims against state employees only. Former Sen. Wiley Mitchell (above) told other Boyd-Graves members that there is no central repository of information on paid claims under the VTCA. “No one has that information,” Mitchell said.
Boyd-Graves members want to know what costs are incurred in paying state tort claims and the cost of increasing the state’s liability limits. Claims are currently capped at $100,000.
By Peter Vieth