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Newport News suspends use of its new pretrial order (access required)

The Newport News Circuit Court’s effort to put cases on a strict timetable like the Eastern District’s “rocket docket” has taken a temporary detour. Earlier this year, Chief Judge Robert P. Frank introduced use of the pretrial order in all ...

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Va. Beach has been down the pretrial path as well (access required)

Newport News is not the only Tidewater jurisdiction that has had difficulties creating a pretrial order that fits just right. Virginia Beach had a controversy over pretrial orders a couple of years ago. In January 1992, the Virginia Beach Circuit ...

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NOVA LAW: Voir dire–Testing a juror's English proficiency (access required)

A Vietnamese juror’s alleged difficulty with the English language and reliance on other jurors did not deprive an Alexandria criminal defendant of his Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The ...

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NOVA LAW: Arlington County dedicates new courthouse (access required)

Friday, March 10, marked a turning point in the history of Arlington’s courts. On that day, the county’s court, police and administrative personnel gathered to dedicate a new, 12-story courthouse. The new structure stands across the street from the old ...

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Arguing equitable distribution … two different ways (access required)

ARLINGTON–In an innovative Fairfax divorce case last year, a Circuit Court judge figuring equitable distribution gave a husband both his initial down payment on the marital home and a healthy share of the home’s appreciation. Prior to that case, Pederson ...

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NOVA LAW: Fredericksburg couple opens law practice (access required)

In the 1930s and early 1940s, two lawyers shared upstairs offices in Fredericksburg’s historic district. Their last name was Powell, and they were husband and wife. In 1945, the city newspaper bought the building. But last January, two more lawyers ...

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DUI defense works in Va. (access required)

Based on double jeopardy A new DUI defense based on double jeopardy has worked apparently for the first time in Virginia: A Roanoke County general district judge last Wednesday dismissed DUI charges against a defendant whose license had been suspended ...

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News Analysis: Commissioner's "report" no bar to nonsuit (access required)

Defense lawyers concede that a plaintiff should be able to take a nonsuit when unforeseen circumstances cripple a case at the last minute, such as a critical witness having a car accident. But some lawyers point to a recent Circuit ...

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Rookie lawyers hit for $30K (access required)

Three novice lawyers have been ordered to pay $30,000 in attorney’s fees to an opposing party in a civil rights case for refiling a claim that a judge said had no evidentiary basis. The fee award, which was issued by ...

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Presentation technology enters the courtroom (access required)

Dear Reader: Months ago, Virginia Lawyers Weekly promised that you wouldn’t read about O.J. Simpson in this newspaper. And you still won’t. While Simpson’s name does appear in the following article, discussions of his DNA, his facial expressions and his ...

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