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Deeds: Kill the Court of Appeals

Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath Co., has introduced a bill to abolish the Virginia Court of Appeals. Senate Bill 630 would simply do away with Virginia’s 28-year-old intermediate appellate court effective Oct. 1, restoring the Supreme Court’s authority to hear criminal, ...

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Courts committees certify judges

On the heels of the Senate courts committee’s judicial interviews last Friday, both legislative courts committees have certified incumbent judges for possible re-election by the General Assembly this week. Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been certified for another ...

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Senate holds judicial interviews (access required)

There was nary a whisper about Hernandez at Friday’s judicial interviews conducted by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Even though committee control switched this year from Democrats to Republicans, the Senate followed the same practice as last year’s courts ...

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The VBA Legislative Agenda for the 2012 session (access required)

Highlights of legislation backed by the Virginia Bar Association, the Boyd-Graves Conference, the Virginia Family Law Coalition and the Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee. Rules of Evidence. The Boyd-Graves Conference strongly supports passage of the Virginia Rules of Evidence ...

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Legislators seek court studies

Virginia lawmakers are proposing to study trial judges’ caseloads and the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals. House Bill 745 would give the Supreme Court until October of next year to perform a “weighted caseload” study of judicial work and ...

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Petersen, Deeds bounced from Senate Courts committee

The Republican takeover of the Virginia Senate led to the banishment of two veteran Democratic legislators from the Senate Courts of Justice committee. Sens. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, and Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, were both shown the door as Sens. Jill ...

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Bill seeks bar membership for law profs, court won’t block (access required)

Some Virginia law professors would be eligible to practice law even though they have not passed the bar exam under a bill introduced at the General Assembly. The proposal has been advanced by Washington & Lee University law Prof. A. ...

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