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Creditor gets truck's retail value in Ch. 13 plan (access required)

Debtors who keep a pickup truck under a chapter 13 repayment plan should repay the vehicle’s current retail value from the NADA Used Car Guide, a federal judge in Big Stone Gap has ruled. The decision represents a shift in ...

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Toxic tort victim wins $230K in Arlington (access required)

An Arlington jury has awarded $230,000 to a Pentagon employee who claimed exposure to a chemical spill caused her to become asthmatic. The verdict underscores a rise in “toxic tort” claims. The field is growing, said Fairfax attorney Robert L. ...

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Affidavit rule sent to high court (access required)

Litigants would be able to use affidavits to support motions for summary judgment under a rule change approved by the Judicial Council last week by a 6-4 vote. The justices of the Supreme Court will have the final say. Their ...

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Cops can't stop driver without Richmond decal (access required)

Failure to display a city or county decal on a car does not give police officers a basis for stopping the car and later prosecuting a passenger on gun and drug charges, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The ...

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'Slow plea' rule slow to produce consensus (access required)

Criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys will have to wait a little longer for a clear decision on the use of so-called “slow pleas” by defendants after a jury has found guilt, but before it recommends a sentence. The Judicial Council ...

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Lawyers Helping Lawyers seeking clients (access required)

Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a bit like a church without a flock. It knows there are lawyers with problems, and is confident that it can help. But the group’s problem lies in identifying those in need. “We are looking for ...

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Officials ready latest plan for Family Court funding (access required)

The judicial branch is ready for round two in its fight to fund a Family Court system in Virginia. The Judicial Council last week endorsed a budget request for 33 new Family Court judges and a two-year $17.8 million budget. ...

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Certification program to train, test interpreters (access required)

While criminal cases where Spanish is spoken by a witness or a defendant continue to increase, judges should find them easier to handle thanks to a new certification program developed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court expects to have ...

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Interpreting can be harder than it sounds (access required)

Translating court proceedings from one language into another can be more difficult than it might seem, according to Patricia Mickelson, an interpreter certified for federal court and a consultant to the Virginia Supreme Court’s interpreter certification project. Although they may ...

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News in Brief for Oct. 23, 1995 (access required)

Assembly task force offers own plan for juvenile system The legislature’s Commission on Youth has issued its recommendations for reforming the juvenile justice system, a week after a panel appointed by the governor called for a tougher approach to juvenile ...

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