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Judicial interviews to be brief

The term “mature consideration” probably does not apply to the process the Judicial Panel of the House Courts of Justice Committee has set up to fill upwards of 23 judicial vacancies. The plan calls for the panel to start interviewing ...

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24th Circuit benefits from Putney’s chairmanship

A spreadsheet prepared for House and Senate budget conferees shows how they went about deciding which judicial vacancies to fill. The table compares the caseload of judges in circuits and districts with the average caseload per judge. With one exception, ...

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Disagreement reigned as 2011 assembly was coming to close (access required)

The General Assembly neared the end of its 2011 regular session with budget conferees still in disagreement over how to address a freeze in filling circuit and district judicial vacancies and on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s proposal to raid Virginia ...

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Assembly funds judgeships

The General Assembly recessed tonight until April 4 after approving a budget that includes money to fill 21 judgeships that the legislature froze in its 2010 session. The legislature also rejected the proposal of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that it ...

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Most judicial vacancies, VSB budget restored

The initial word from the Senate Finance Committee staff is that House and Senate budget conferees have agreed to appropriate $3.72 million to fill judicial vacancies, to leave the Virginia State Bar budget intact and to fund the state’s drug ...

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Family law group’s bills are advancing (access required)

Three bills backed by the Virginia Family Law Coalition, including one that would overturn a Supreme Court decision from last April, are working their way through the General Assembly with little opposition. The Supreme Court opinion, Gilliam v. McGrady (VLW ...

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Legislative attack on ‘inherent authority’ of courts is killed (access required)

A Senate Courts of Justice subcommittee has killed the legislative effort to reverse the Supreme Court of Virginia’s recent decision that state judges have the authority to defer judgment and later dismiss charges. Prosecutors and representatives of law enforcement groups ...

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Court realignment dead for the year

There will be no legislation this year to realign the state’s judicial circuits and districts. But Bill Janis, R-Henrico, the patron of HB 1990, said he believes that he and Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, “got the ball rolling” to ...

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House passes group of anti-illegal bills (access required)

The House of Delegates has advanced a slate of anti-illegal immigrant bills, including one that would require Virginia’s public colleges to bar undocumented students from enrolling and another that would deny public benefits to people in the country illegally. The ...

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