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Alexandria Lawyer Hit With $15,000 Sanction (access required)

Finding that an Alexandria lawyer behaved in “an utterly unprofessional and demeaning manner,” a Fairfax Circuit judge ordered the lawyer to pay $15,000 in sanctions. The lawyer, John W. Toothman, was representing himself and two neighbors in a land dispute ...

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Lawyer Is Stymied In Dispute With JIRC (access required)

A Virginia Beach defense lawyer who last year had a run-in with a Norfolk judge now is butting heads with the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission. And in this fight, the commission is leading on points. The lawyer, Allan D. ...

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Henrico Adds Docket To Reduce Wait-Time (access required)

Henrico County officials are taking up Virginia’s Chief Justice on his suggestion that courts should reduce waiting time for criminal defendants. On Feb. 1, 2004, the county’s general district court will add a third docket at 1 p.m. for traffic ...

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Hold your fire: Use sanctions sparingly (access required)

IRVINGTON — Opposing counsel has really done it this time. He’s slow to respond to discovery requests, he browbeats your client during discovery, and he objects to every other question you ask at trial. And now, he’s insulted you personally ...

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Richmond Judge Sues Hassell (access required)

A Richmond judge has gone to court to stop the implementation of a policy that would require general district judges to work at least 40 hours each week. The Committee on District Courts approved the policy at the urging of ...

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