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Developer Had 'Vested Rights' Under New Test (access required)

Although a city’s adoption of a Uniform Development Ordinance changed the zoning of a developer’s property from residential to commercial, the developer had “vested rights” in the residential classification, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The developer had begun ...

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Law, Equity: Together At Long Last? (access required)

Editor’s Note: The question of merging law and equity in the Virginia court system has been debated over many years, but the discussion may be reaching a point of resolution. The Judicial Council’s Rules Advisory Committee is seeking input from ...

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More Detail In Habeas Orders Due (access required)

NORFOLK – Beginning in July, Virginia circuit court judges may no longer deny habeas corpus petitions without explaining the reasons for the denial of relief, Supreme Court Justice Cynthia D. Kinser announced on May 13. Kinser spoke to the Virginia ...

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