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High court hires help for Richmond circuit (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has retained Justice Served, a California consulting firm, to help Richmond circuit judges manage their dockets. Richmond Chief Judge Walter W. Stout III said he expects Christopher Crawford, the head of the firm, to spend ...

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Right to remove case to circuit court nixed (access required)

Defendants in general district court won’t have the right to remove cases to circuit court after July 1. A constituent asked House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith to look into providing a definition for the “substantial de-fense” in Virginia Code ...

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Butler receives Groot professionalism award

The Ted Dalton Chapter of the American Inn of Court has given its annual Roger Groot Professionalism Award to M. Caldwell Butler, the former congressman and longtime Roanoke lawyer. Butler is best known for the political courage he displayed as ...

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Consultant to advise on Richmond circuit dockets

A California court consulting firm will help Richmond Circuit Court judges develop a new case management system. Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. recently wrote Richmond Chief Judge Walter W. Stout III that he has selected Christopher Crawford of Justice ...

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Jury decides for defendants in med mal retrial

The 2005 Supreme Court of Virginia case that defined what constitutes an “active clinical practice” for expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases has ended in a second defense verdict. Elizabeth Hinkley filed suit against two obstetricians and their practice in ...

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