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Case 'Filed' Even With Incorrect Fee (access required)

A personal injury suit was timely filed even though the plaintiff did not give the court clerk the full filing fee until after the statute of limitations had run, a Spotsylvania County Circuit judge has ruled. When the plaintiff filed ...

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Drug Courts Threatened by Budget Cuts (access required)

With no state funds earmarked for Virginia’s drug courts in the General Assembly’s recently approved budget, the program’s future viability has proponents concerned. “There is a significant likelihood of them having to shut down,” said Roanoke Circuit Judge Diane M. ...

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Hearsay (access required)

How Many Lawyers Does It Take… NORFOLK—First, we had the judging scandal in the pairs figure-skating competition from the just-concluded Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. And now, we have a really big new scandal for the media — okay, ...

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'Possession' Ruling Energizes Defense Bar (access required)

Defense attorneys throughout Virginia have jumped on a new defense to under-age drinking provided by a one-page order last month from the Virginia Court of Appeals. In the case, Dalton v. Commonwealth, a 20-year-old man in Montgomery County beat the ...

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