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Trial Court Has ‘Inherent Authority’ to Defer (access required)

A trial court had inherent authority to defer disposition of a defendant’s charge of assaulting an officer, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. In Moreau v. Fuller, we considered whether a court, having taken a criminal case under advisement for deferred disposition, had a ministerial duty, enforceable by mandamus, to enter final judgment in the case. ...

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