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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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Review of stock interrogatories pays dividends for trial lawyers (access required)

Consider this scenario. After interviewing a client, a plaintiff’s lawyer drafts a motion for judgment, then pulls out her dog-eared stock interrogatories and tacks on a set to the pleading. The whole package is filed with the court, the defendant ...

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Lawyers' former foe not biased as arbitrator (access required)

An arbitrator who was an adversary to a party’s counsel was not biased toward that party, a Washington, D.C., appeals court has confirmed. In an unusual twist, the opposing party’s counsel claimed on appeal that an arbitrator exhibited “evident partiality” ...

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News in Brief for 10/16/95 (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court to take habeas petitions in death cases The Supreme Court has issued rules setting out a 60-day deadline for a death-row inmate to file a habeas corpus petition. A habeas petition would have to be filed within ...

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Real estate flyer lets home buyers bail out (access required)

Where a real estate flyer stated that a house has a fenced-in yard, a buyer may back out of the sales contract after learning that part of the fence sits on a neighbor’s property, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. ...

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Estate can argue both p.i., death (access required)

After a woman was injured at a nursing home and died 10 weeks later, her estate can sue the home for both wrongful death and personal injury, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The judge found that the estate need ...

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$8M Tylenol award OK'd (access required)

Doctors’ diagnoses pass Daubert test An $8 million verdict against the manufacturer of Tylenol was upheld last week by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The verdict is believed to be the largest ever awarded by a jury sitting ...

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