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Involuntary commitment rules proposed

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Court is seeking comment on a proposed Part 9 of the rules that would establish procedures for involuntary commitment proceedings. The committee also wants comment on civil procedure recommendations from ...

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Retired Justice Stephenson dies

Retired Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. died last night in Covington. He was 89. Justice Stephenson served on the court from 1981 until 1997 and was active as a senior justice until 2009. A native of ...

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ABC ban on college ads for booze goes to Supreme Court (access required)

A federal magistrate judge in Richmond wants some help from the Supreme Court of Virginia in deciding the constitutionality of the state’s ban on advertising for alcoholic beverages in campus newspapers. The issue has been kicking around for five years, ...

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Confrontation Clause violation is harmless error (access required)

An admitted violation of a defendant’s right to confront the author of a ballistics certificate was harmless error, largely because the jury never saw the document, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order. The report tied ...

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Court grants med mal, business conspiracy writs (access required)

A $1.95 million verdict for the family of a woman who died after undergoing plastic surgery and a $14.1 million judgment based in part on the Virginia Business Conspiracy Act are among the cases for which the Supreme Court of ...

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Lawyer still practicing after suspension, gets longer suspension (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has suspended the license of a Leesburg lawyer for five years because he continued to practice law and accepted a fee without providing services after his license had been suspended administratively. The action against ...

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