A bill that would have reinstated the office of appellate defender for Virginia went down to defeat in the Senate Courts Committee Monday. The 8-to-5 vote to “pass by” Senate Bill 738 closely followed party lines. Republicans generally were opposed ...Read More »
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has refused — again — to tie the hands of trial court judges who want to control disposition of criminal charges in some cases. The latest pronouncement in a string of decisions since the touchstone ...Read More »
Questions from lawmakers this week signaled a lot of interest in the ongoing study that could lead to changes in judge assignments around Virginia. Responding to a question from Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, Virginia Supreme Court Executive Secretary Karl ...Read More »
A change of heart by a single justice has brought an end to a short-lived “relaxed” standard for failure-to-warn claims under Virginia products liability law. After rehearing a products liability case, Virginia Supreme Court Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. switched ...
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Largely suppressing any public disagreement, the Virginia General Assembly last Tuesday reversed last year’s rejection of an openly gay judge candidate with the election of Tracy Thorne-Begland to a full term on the Richmond General District Court bench. Thorne-Begland was ...
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As the 2013 General Assembly session opened last week, a newly formed group of business leaders and lobbyists launched a well-financed campaign pushing dramatic changes to the rules for civil lawsuits in Virginia under the broad banner of “tort reform.” ...Read More »
With a “minimalist approach” to curbing witness coaching in depositions, the Supreme Court of Virginia has won favorable reviews from lawyers for new language targeting so-called “speaking objections.” The rule – now in place – for the first time addresses ...Read More »