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Court wins grant to study senior judge system (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has received a $130,000 grant from the National Center for State Courts to study a system for using designated senior judges to sit in Virginia trial courts, Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser announced on Nov. 1. ...

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Judges have free hand on courtroom cameras, court says (access required)

A Virginia statute gives trial judges “great discretion” in deciding whether or not to allow cameras in their courtrooms, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday. Upholding the ruling by Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward L. Hogshire to bar cameras from ...

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Appeal order vacated, $8.47M verdict stands (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has let stand an $8.47 million asbestos verdict, in an Oct. 25 order that dismissed an appeal as “improvidently granted.” Last April, the high court agreed to hear one causation issue arising out of a mesothelioma ...

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Court will do its own study of criminal discovery (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is appointing a committee to study suggested criminal discovery reforms for Virginia trial courts. The creation of a new study panel was urged by prosecutors, who argued a prior study by a Virginia State Bar ...

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Court revives excessive force lawsuit (access required)

The Supreme Court has reinstated a $25-million lawsuit against jail officials over brain injuries suffered by a prisoner assaulted at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center (left). Kenneth Wagner claims he was beaten by jailers in 2006 and hospitalized ...

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Court wants to hear more in defamation case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia wants to hear more about a defamation case argued during last week’s court session. The court changed its mind about hearing appellate issues raised by The Virginian-Pilot in a school administrator’s appeal of a decision setting ...

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