A Danville lawyer who was a no show for oral arguments in two appeals before the Court of Appeals of Virginia has been publicly held in contempt and banned from practicing before that court for two years.
The court today issued a published order imposing sanctions on attorney Jon I. Davey.
According to the order, Davey failed to appear for arguments in Salem in two criminal appeals. Called before the court to explain, Davey admitted he never put the oral argument dates on his calendar. The court took note of three prior disciplinary actions against Davey, the most recent of which called for him to set up a working docket control system for his practice.
The court ordered Davey to pay $250 for each of the two arguments he missed. After his two-year banishment, he can apply for reinstatement. The court made it clear, however, that Davey will have to satisfy the court as to his diligence before again being allowed to practice in the court.
Davey no doubt will face additional disciplinary consideration from bar regulators. The Court of Appeals order directs that a copy be provided to the VSB.
By Peter Vieth