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Hearings set for judicial map study

The Virginia Supreme Court panel studying proposed new judicial circuits and districts has announced details of the six public comment sessions it will hold in July. The first meeting, in Abingdon, is set for Thursday, July 7.

The full meeting schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – Far Southwest Virginia
Learning Resource Center, Room 605 (1st floor)
Virginia Highlands Community College
100 VHCC Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – Central Virginia
Library Technology Center Auditorium
J. Sargeant Reynolds – Parham Road Campus
1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. – Northern Virginia
Harris Theater
George Mason University – Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. – Hampton Roads
The Forum (Building A, Room 101)
Tidewater Community College – Portsmouth Campus
120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701

Monday, July 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – Shenandoah Valley
Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center Auditorium
Blue Ridge Community College
One College Lane, Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – Southside Virginia
Temple Building, Oliver Hall (DCC Auditorium)
Danville Community College
1008 South Main St., Danville, VA 24541

Accommodations for those with disabilities can be arranged by calling (804) 225-4346.

A 22-member court-appointed committee is collecting information for a recommendation on new maps and judicial assignments for Virginia. In addition to public comments, the panel will review workload reports from all of the state’s judges. The General Assembly has final say on any revision of the courts’ circuits and districts.

By Peter Vieth

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