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Legislature names Mims to Supreme Court (access required)

The General Assembly unanimously elected former attorney general and legislator William C. Mims this afternoon to the Supreme Court of Virginia, effective April 1. The election was a foregone conclusion after his appearance Monday before the House and Senate Courts ...

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Appellate defender’s office faces the budget ax  (access required)

The executive director of the Indigent Defense Commission is proposing elimination of the four-attorney appellate defender office as a way of addressing the budget shortfall. “They’ve done a really good job,” said David J. Johnson, the executive director, said of ...

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Courts committees interview judge candidates, in case positions are funded (access required)

The Senate and House Courts of Justice Committees interviewed nine candidates yesterday for eight possible judicial vacancies – possible because the House of Delegates’ version of the state budget puts a freeze on filling circuit and district court vacancies through ...

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Pretrial services prevail in fight with bail bondsmen (access required)

The pitched battle between bail bondsmen and advocates of pretrial services ended last week with the advocates taking the field. Last Monday, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted to pass by for the week House Bill 728, which would ...

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General Assembly elects Mims  (access required)

UPDATE: The General Assembly formally elected William C. Mims to the Supreme Court of Virginia, effective April 1. Mims will become only the second person to serve as a Virginia legislator, an attorney general and a member of the Supreme ...

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Bills to change judicial administration killed (access required)

Legislative efforts to rein in the two top policy-making bodies of the judicial system appear to be dead for the year. House Bill 240, which would have in effect eliminated the Judicial Council and the Committee on District Courts, cleared ...

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