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Bills would curtail authority of high court, chief  (access required)

Proposed legislation would eliminate the Virginia court system’s two top policy-making bodies, limit the authority of the executive secretary of the Supreme Court and do away with much of the Supreme Court’s authority to appoint substitute judges and supervise multi-jurisdiction ...

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Criminal law seminar canceled

Because of a forecast for a massive snow storm, the 40th annual criminal law seminar scheduled for tomorrow in Charlottesville has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled in Charlottesville but those who registered for it may transfer to the ...

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Virginia Parole Board sued

Eleven long-term inmates of the Virginia prison system filed a class-action lawsuit today contending that the Virginia Parole Board violates state law by refusing to consider all the factors required by law when making parole decision. The board’s procedures violate ...

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Legal Trends to watch in 2010: Changes in law practice     (access required)

Our presentation of Trends 2010 continues with a discussion of changes in law practice or in how lawyers will be approaching their work in the coming year. Among the developments we will be following are: E-filing in state courts. It ...

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Supreme Court will hear bridge contract appeal (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will get a chance to interpret Virginia Code Sec. 33.1-386, which requires a contractor to submit any claim for damages against the Virginia Department of Transportation “at the time of the occurrence or beginning of ...

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Tort reform proposal dies

State health care organizations wanted a pilot project to look at something other than a hard-nosed “deny and defend” response to a medical error. But the proposal from the Joint Commission on Health Care died this afternoon when the civil ...

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