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Chief Justice Carrico Is Feted By Bars (access required)

How do you, in the brief duration of after-dinner speech, pay tribute to a man who, when he retires next month, will have been on the Supreme Court of Virginia for 42 years, and Chief Justice for 22 years? That ...

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Rules Will Be Changing For Guardians Ad Litem (access required)

Virginia’s guardian ad litem program for children will not be subjected to a fee cap for the time being, but guardians and the judges who appoint them will be expected to adhere to tougher performance standards in the future. Judges ...

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Judges Ney And Padrick To Seek Seat On High Court (access required)

Two additional candidates are reported to be seeking the Supreme Court of Virginia seat that will open when Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico retires next month. Fairfax Circuit Judge R. Terrence Ney and Virginia Beach Circuit Judge H. Thomas Padrick ...

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Warner Taps Eason For 5th Circuit Judgeship (access required)

Suffolk attorney Carl Edward “Ward” Eason Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Mark R. Warner to a circuit judgeship in the 5th Circuit. He succeeds Judge D. Arthur Kelsey, whom Warner appointed to the Virginia Court of Appeals in August. ...

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High Court Clerk Looks Back on 18 Years (access required)

When David B. Beach became clerk of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1984, the court didn’t have a fax machine. There was no electronic case management. As documents arrived, they were inserted into paper files. A misfiled document could ...

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2003 General Assembly To Fill Open Judgeships (access required)

The 2003 General Assembly will have an opportunity to fill a number of judicial vacancies — including electing a new Supreme Court justice. Whether all of the judgeships will be filled, however, is open to question. One cost-cutting measure that ...

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Humphreys, Agee Named As Candidates For High Court (access required)

Two judges on the Virginia Court of Appeals — Robert J. Humphreys and G. Steven Agee — are said to be interested in the Supreme Court seat that will become open when Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico retires Feb. 1. ...

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Annunziata, Kelsey Grilled, Fairfax Judges Challenged (access required)

General Assembly Republicans on the panel that interviews judges up for reelection closely questioned Court of Appeals Judge Rosemarie P. Annunziata over two dissenting opinions she wrote involving a homosexual parent and a search and seizure case. In an intense ...

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Supreme Court Seeks Input On Corporate Proposal (access required)

On Nov. 1, the Supreme Court of Virginia adopted, then six days later vacated, a rule that would have required in-house corporate counsel to be certified by the Virginia State Bar. Robert N. Baldwin, executive secretary of the court, said ...

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Legislators Test, Seek Ideas During Judicial Interviews (access required)

Virginia legislators are considering encouraging cross-designation of judges, so that general district judges can help out in juvenile and domestic relations courts as needed. The proposal — already practiced on a limited basis in some localities when J&DR dockets get ...

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