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Supreme Court’s hot bench has lawyers jumping

Lawyers appearing before the Supreme Court of Virginia know to expect questions from the justices, but the inquisitorial aspect of oral argument may be at a new high with the latest addition to the bench. Newly elected Justice D. Arthur ...

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Legislators look for judge money as session nears end

Virginia trial courts will get 402 funded judgeships this year, and possibly more, as financial pressures have eased somewhat at Capitol Square. Budget conferees agreed to the 402 judgeship number Monday as part of a two-year budget being released today. ...

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Assembly planning for new judges (access required)

The General Assembly courts committees are set to interview 45 candidates for 42 trial court judgeships Monday. Nine of the prospective judges are in line for newly funded bench seats. The Assembly has allowed a number of vacant judgeships to ...

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Special court docket plan, felony reform die in House

A House of Delegates panel has torpedoed both a proposal for new problem-solving court dockets in Virginia and a plan to raise the threshold for a felony theft conviction. The criminal law subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice, on ...

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Mortgage assistance operation leads to lawyer’s suspension

A Virginia lawyer has agreed to a one-year suspension for his role in a mortgage assistance business targeted by numerous customer complaints. Multiple customers said they received no foreclosure help despite payments of as much as $1,990 to an account ...

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Snow delays some courts Wednesday

Snow is causing a second day of disruption at some courts around Virginia on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Richmond offices of the Supreme Court of Virginia were to open at 10:15 a.m. The state courts may post a list of ...

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