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Sua Sponte Continuance Did Not Toll Speedy Trial Statute (access required)

The tolling provisions of Virginia’s speedy trial statute, Va. Code 19.2-243, did not apply to a trial court order entered sua sponte continuing defendant’s trial date, the Supreme Court of Virginia holds. Defendant argues that because no express language in the speedy trial statute addresses court-initiated continuances, the statute’s tolling provisions do not apply and, in ...