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Supreme Court revises rules (access required)

For rules geeks only. Well, that may be overstating it a bit, but the revisions to court rules that the Supreme Court of Virginia has posted on its website reflect, for the most part, efforts at clarification rather than substantive ...

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Kinser presides over Supreme Court’s argument week (access required)

Cynthia D. Kinser began her first argument session as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia today by asking for a moment of silence for her predecessor, Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., who died barely a week after Kinser ...

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Recusal can be a touchy moment for a lawyer (access required)

It can be a ticklish and touchy moment for a lawyer: the judge in a case has a conflict and needs to pass the file to a colleague. But whether, and how, to ask a judge to recuse herself can ...

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Disagreement reigned as 2011 assembly was coming to close (access required)

The General Assembly neared the end of its 2011 regular session with budget conferees still in disagreement over how to address a freeze in filling circuit and district judicial vacancies and on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s proposal to raid Virginia ...

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Assembly funds judgeships

The General Assembly recessed tonight until April 4 after approving a budget that includes money to fill 21 judgeships that the legislature froze in its 2010 session. The legislature also rejected the proposal of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that it ...

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Most judicial vacancies, VSB budget restored

The initial word from the Senate Finance Committee staff is that House and Senate budget conferees have agreed to appropriate $3.72 million to fill judicial vacancies, to leave the Virginia State Bar budget intact and to fund the state’s drug ...

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Prior approval for suits by frequent flyer upheld (access required)

A Chesterfield County circuit judge properly dismissed actions filed by a disbarred attorney with a history of filing frivolous suits because he had not sought leave of court before filing them, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an ...

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Judge Richard L. Williams dies at 87 (access required)

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams, a founder of what is now McGuireWoods LLP and a federal judge for more than 30 years, died at his South Richmond home on Feb. 19. He was 87. A native of Morrisville ...

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