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Family court returns: Panel readies proposal for new court (access required)

The family court proposed for Virginia would be a court of record for civil proceedings such as divorce and adoption but a court not of record for the trial of juveniles on criminal charges. The judges of the court would ...

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Eastern Shore J&DR judge has been suspended (access required)

B. Bryan Milbourne, the only juvenile and domestic relations district judge on the Eastern Shore, has been suspended while he is being investigated by the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission. The investigation became public last week when Chief Justice Leroy ...

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Tension in views of Indigent Defense Commission's role led to chief's ouster (access required)

The resignation of Richard C. Goemann as executive director of the Indigent Defense Commission had more to do with differing perceptions of the agency’s role within the commission than it did with Goemann, according to state Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle, ...

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Signature on an FMLA waiver won't be enough (access required)

A ruling that employees cannot waive their FMLA rights without court or administrative approval would change the way companies deal with Family and Medical Leave Act situations. That’s the conclusion of three Virginia attorneys who routinely represent management and workers ...

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Court Considers Two Cases About One Couple (access required)

George and Elisa Robinson lived together as man and wife for less than three years, but their marriage may prove to be one of the best documented unions in Virginia court cases. Their convictions for contributing to the delinquency of ...

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Spammer's Lawyers To Test Constitutionality Of Statute (access required)

Virginia has the toughest anti-spam law in the country. It’s so tough, in fact, that it’s unconstitutional, attorneys for Jeremy Jaynes argue in their petition for appeal filed with the Virginia Court of Appeals. Jaynes was convicted last year in ...

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Sheriff Beats Finding Of Contempt (access required)

A sign went up. It was taken down the same day. It was replaced and taken down again that day. The person who posted the sign went the next day to the one who took it down and demanded its ...

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