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Sheriffs association plays to both sides (access required)

Members of the Virginia Sheriffs Association were all over Capitol Hill this past week as the Senate passed a bill with large hikes in civil filing fees that would benefit sheriffs’ departments across the state. But the sheriffs didn’t just ...

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Virginia would lead nation in filing costs  (access required)

It would cost more to file a civil lawsuit in Virginia circuit court than in any other state, if a bill passed by the Senate makes it through the House of Delegates. According to a survey by the National Center ...

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You have to make a proffer

Same song, only a slightly different verse. Eddie Nelson Ray wanted to call his mother to testify in his trial on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and uttering a false bank note. The judge said no, and there ...

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Conviction affirmed on issue not raised at trial below (access required)

Judge Robert J. Humphreys contended that his Virginia Court of Appeals colleague, Judge Randolph A. Beales, bailed out the commonwealth by affirming a conviction on a ground that it did not raise at trial or on appeal. Not so, Beales ...

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Attempt to mediate forfeited developer’s CGL insurance (access required)

A last-minute effort to mediate a longstanding dispute has cost a developer the benefit of its commercial general liability coverage. Ronald and Joyce Luck complained for almost six years about the degradation of a three-acre pond on their property from ...

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Bill would jack up filing fees (access required)

Seventy-five dollars to file a warrant in debt and $500 to file a civil suit seeking less than $50,000? How about $1,000 to file a million-dollar lawsuit? Times are tough for the state, and Senate Bill 329 tries to make ...

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