The Virginia Senate has again approved raising the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 73. The vote on Senate Bill 740 in the full Senate was 30-to-10 Friday morning. The Senate approved a similar measure last year, but ...Read More »
A broad spectrum of tort reform measures – many reflecting compromise among stakeholders – is expected to be presented to legislators today for action at the General Assembly. Negotiators say the tort reform package negotiated by business interests, trial lawyers ...Read More »
Not to be left behind by the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has used a photograph to illustrate the subject of a North Carolina zoning dispute in a new opinion. While the Virginia ...Read More »
A bill that would have reinstated the office of appellate defender for Virginia went down to defeat in the Senate Courts Committee Monday. The 8-to-5 vote to “pass by” Senate Bill 738 closely followed party lines. Republicans generally were opposed ...Read More »
Questions from lawmakers this week signaled a lot of interest in the ongoing study that could lead to changes in judge assignments around Virginia. Responding to a question from Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, Virginia Supreme Court Executive Secretary Karl ...Read More »
Largely suppressing any public disagreement, the Virginia General Assembly last Tuesday reversed last year’s rejection of an openly gay judge candidate with the election of Tracy Thorne-Begland to a full term on the Richmond General District Court bench. Thorne-Begland was ...
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In a block vote, the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee today certified candidates interviewed in December and today for judicial posts they currently occupy. That includes Richmond General District Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, an openly gay former prosecutor appointed ...Read More »