Legislation at the 2015 General Assembly would provide a framework for new problem-solving court dockets aimed at providing services for criminal defendants, including veterans, struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Supporters say court diversion programs aimed at veterans, ...Read More »
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Virginia Court of Appeals Judge D. Arthur Kelsey was named to the Supreme Court of Virginia by the General Assembly Tuesday with the House speaker praising him as a “strong conservative jurist.” Legislators also filled Kelsey’s vacancy and two others ...Read More »
Amid howls from landowners facing a proposed gas pipeline across their property, the state of Virginia is defending its law that allows utilities to survey private land for such projects over the objections of the owners. State lawyers today filed ...Read More »
The future of a $3.5 million lawsuit against an attorney could turn on the foreseeability of the murder of a process server. Harrisonburg lawyer Sherwin J. Jacobs could face a trial where he is blamed for the shooting death of ...Read More »
Doctors say they are spending too much time seeking approval from insurance companies for their patient treatment, and they’re asking the General Assembly to help their cause. Physicians complain of complex and varying forms and procedures they must use to ...
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Del. Scott A. Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, has announced he will run for the state Senate seat held by Sen. Linda T. “Toddy” Puller, D-Fairfax, who will retire this year. Surovell, a Fairfax lawyer, was elected to the House in 2009. ...Read More »
The new head of the Virginia judiciary expresses no alarm at the legislature’s use of the courts’ judicial survey program to question judges about their performance on the bench. Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons said details of the judicial performance ...Read More »
The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners begins the new year with a new, full-time administrative chief and a change on its board. Such personnel changes are rare at the agency that administers the Virginia Bar Examination and reviews the qualifications ...
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Five months after a Rockbridge County judge rejected a deal for a one-year sentence, a plea agreement for a three-year term was approved Thursday for a former college student charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter. The charges against Nicholas Hansel arose ...Read More »
Roanoke area lawyers are united behind Salem attorney Hilary D. Griffith for a seat on the juvenile and domestic relations bench. Griffith, wife of U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, won the endorsement of the Roanoke Bar Association Tuesday for the seat ...Read More »