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Admissibility of prior DUIs to be reheard (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has granted a rehearing en banc in a DUI case concerning the admissibility of past convictions to enhance punishment. The issue, which is one of first impression, is whether a past conviction should be admitted ...

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Rooster cold-cocked by tardy employee (access required)

(Editor’s Note: In the vast majority of the case stories we write for this newspaper, we use simple, declarative prose. But in the following piece, the ghost of Hemingway seized the keyboard. Maybe it was the tale it told.) It ...

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Spanish interpreters to be available soon (access required)

Virginia judges soon may be able to choose interpreters who are certified in Spanish, under a proposal approved by the Judicial Council last week. When completed, the program would provide judges with a list of interpreters who are qualified to ...

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State bar's UPL Committee defines "legal assistant" (access required)

Last month, the Virginia State Bar made its first attempt at defining the paralegal profession by accepting a formal definition of a legal assistant. The resolution was adopted by the VSB Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law on March ...

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News in Brief for April 3, 1995 (access required)

Fairfax honors Keenan The Fairfax Bar Association honored one of its own with the annual Jurisprudence Award. Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan received the award March 16. Keenan started her career in the county as the first female assistant ...

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Guest Column: The case for arbitration of divorce cases (access required)

At the close of the 1995 General Assembly, Virginia’s Family Court still languishes on the 50-yard line of the political football field. Even when and if the ball is moved toward the goal line, the outcome of the game is ...

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Review Granted for March 27, 1995 (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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Expert on auto accident reconstruction reined in (access required)

In an auto-crash case, an expert on accident reconstruction cannot testify that a van was going within a certain range of speeds at the time of the accident, a Washington County Circuit judge has ruled. The judge also excluded a ...

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Experts explain facts, promote settlements (access required)

Although expert testimony on accident reconstruction may not be admitted into evidence in a case, the expert can still be useful. “Even if an expert cannot state an opinion in court, he or she can give invaluable insight into your ...

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New Family Court rules published (access required)

The future of Virginia’s Family Court system remains in limbo. While the General Assembly enacted legislation to begin the system next year, there is no money allocated yet to it. Despite the uncertainty, the Judicial Council and the Family Court ...

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