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JIRC Must Hand Over Advisory Opinion (access required)

The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission must give Norfolk lawyer Allan D. Zaleski the advisory opinion it gave a Norfolk circuit judge in a consultation over judicial ethics, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act does ...

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Hassell: Help In Choosing Judges (access required)

Lawyers don’t have to become legislators in order to become players in a key part of Virginia’s judicial system: the election of judges. In fact, it’s vital for practicing lawyers to get involved in the process, according to Chief Justice ...

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Assembly Has Judicial Seats To Fill (access required)

The Virginia General Assembly is facing only three announced judicial vacancies for the next legislative session, including one appellate seat, a mid-fall head count shows. The appellate vacancy arises from Judge Rosemarie Annunziata’s retirement from the Virginia Court of Appeals ...

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Amendment To Venue Statute Is Retroactive (access required)

Although a p.i. suit was filed in plaintiff-friendly Norfolk before a July 2004 statutory change that tightened venue requirements, the new statute can be applied retroactively to allow the defendant to transfer the case to Virginia Beach, where the injury ...

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