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Federal jurors can be paid through June (access required)

The crisis in paying federal civil juries has been put off for at least another month, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Previously, the office had announced that the money for civil juries would run out ...

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Trustee revamps system for scheduling hearings (access required)

Effective tomorrow, bankruptcy lawyers in Richmond and Tidewater will lose their ability to choose their initial hearing dates. A new procedure for scheduling debtors’ first hearings and appointing trustees will be implemented by the U.S. Trustee. The procedure involves a ...

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Visitation not barred by adoption (access required)

When a child was adopted by his paternal aunt, the rights of his maternal aunts to visitation were not cut off, a Roanoke city circuit judge has ruled in a matter of apparent first impression. Under Virginia law, adoption normally ...

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Federal courts short on money for civil juries (access required)

The money to pay for federal civil jury trials will run out on May 12. After that date, no funds will be available to pay juror fees and expenses, said David Sellers, spokesman for the Administrative Office of the United ...

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Supreme Court to hear IOLTA dispute in June (access required)

The battle over mandatory IOLTA shifts to the Supreme Court next month. In response to 17 letters and memoranda submitted in opposition to the controversial rules change, the court will wait to make a decision until it can hear argument, ...

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Fairfax custody cases may see use of neutral experts (access required)

Fairfax circuit judges may move to a system of independent experts to do evaluations of children in custody cases. The Family Law Section of the Fairfax Bar Association will be drafting a recommendation to the judges of the circuit that ...

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Bankers attack mandatory IOLTA (access required)

The Virginia banking industry has attacked the Virginia State Bar’s controversial proposal for mandatory IOLTA. Last week, the Virginia Bankers Association filed a brief in opposition to amendments to the rules of court approved by the Virginia State Bar Council. ...

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Practice Tips: Divorce and government pensions (access required)

The U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management has published a handbook that no divorce lawyer who represents federal employees, or their spouses, should be without, according to domestic relations expert Joseph A. Condo of Fairfax. The book is a compilation ...

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Client interview won't disqualify attorney, firm (access required)

Even though a plaintiff had interviewed an attorney about representing it in possible litigation, the plaintiff could not have the attorney’s firm disqualified from representing the defendant in the same litigation, a Fairfax circuit judge has ruled. In a matter ...

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Judicial Council approves ethical standards for mediators (access required)

The Judicial Council has approved standards of ethical and professional conduct for court-certified mediators. The standards will become effective on July 1, concurrent with the new alternative dispute resolution statute. As of July 1, judges will have the power to ...

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