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Bill would set standards for guardians ad litem (access required)

Judges would be able to choose from a list of qualified candidates when appointing a guardian ad litem under a bill passed by the General Assembly. Under House Bill 229, the Judicial Council would adopt the standards by Jan. 1, ...

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Bar applicants sues examiners; claims question violates ADA (access required)

The Americans with Disabilities Act is not among the subjects tested on the Virginia bar examination, but it may make the difference in getting a law license for at least one applicant. A woman who took the exam last month ...

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Guardian defense valid but limited in HO cases (access required)

An alcoholic is a person under a disability and should be represented by a guardian ad litem in an habitual offender proceeding, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. But, the court added, if an alcoholic is not so impaired ...

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All-night fast-food operation no basis for premises liability (access required)

A fast-food restaurant serving all-night revellers is not a business attracting or promoting assaultive crime under premises liability law, a Norfolk federal judge has ruled in suit over a parking lot shooting. The opinion is perhaps the first to interpret ...

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Children's preferences weigh in custody cases (access required)

LYNCHBURG-Sometimes divorcing parents will fight tooth and nail for custody rights over a child, as hard or harder than they fight over the silver or furniture in equitable distribution. But, of course, a child isn’t a sofa. A child may ...

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New federal discovery rules split Virginia venues (access required)

Attorneys practicing in federal courts in both halves of Virginia have new, though somewhat different, challenges under federal procedural rules that became effective Dec. 1, 1993. Although the Eastern District opted out of some of the most controversial discovery requirements ...

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Allen to punt family court, citing finances (access required)

The momentum propelling the family court to final enactment may hit an immovable object-Gov. George F. Allen, who apparently has decided not to sign a funding and staffing bill currently working its way through the General Assembly, a gubernatorial spokesman ...

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Bill: Custody, support would go on fast track (access required)

Child support and custody issues would be put on a fast track in divorce and separation cases under a bill which passed the Senate and is awaiting action by the House of Delegates. Senate Bill 88, which includes features similar ...

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Punitives measures advance (access required)

Two bills allowing punitive damages in drunken driving cases were among those surviving last week’s “cross-over,” as the houses of the General Assembly reached a deadline to begin work on each other’s bills. House Bill 297 would impose civil liability ...

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Playing the role: Lawyers double as actors (access required)

You could call it method acting. Linda Ziegler leaves the office of her Richmond law firm at day’s end, hops in her car and makes the drive down Interstate 95 to Chester, where she walks into the John Rolfe Theater ...

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