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Signature alone is not attestation (access required)

A certificate of analysis in a drug case that contained only the signature of an examiner but no attestation clause is inadmissible, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The case can be used to bolster challenges to DUI blood tests, ...

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Supreme Court News (access required)

Does nonsuit without service extend limitations period? The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a plaintiff gets a six-month extension on the statute of limitations after taking a nonsuit more than a year after filing suit, but before effecting ...

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Assembly may expand evidence on lost wages (access required)

A bill that would allow evidence of potential lost wages when a plaintiff has no recent employment history leads a list of legislation that awaits the General Assembly when it reconvenes Wednesday. House Bill 236 would specifically render admissible “evidence ...

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Presidents of VSB, VBA seek bench (access required)

Keith gets Fairfax nod Judicial vacancies and jockeying among prominent lawyers for those spots are routine this time of year. But the contest for two open seats on the Fairfax Circuit Court gave lawyers there a high-profile and unprecedented choice: ...

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Nesselrodt is yanked (access required)

The en banc Virginia Court of Appeals has rejected the panel opinion in Nesselrodt v. Commonwealth, a decision that stalled hundreds of habitual offender cases across the state. Standard “summary” driving records supplied by the Department of Motor Vehicles are ...

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Gov. Allen's '95 budget stiffs VSB (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s uphill climb for relief from budget restrictions became a little steeper last week with the release of Gov. George F. Allen’s proposed budget for 1995-96. The 1994 General Assembly imposed a freeze on dues and staffing ...

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