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Judicial overhaul bill is expected (access required)

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The 2014 Virginia General Assembly could reorganize the allocation of judgeships among local courthouses and restore the practice of lawyers scoring the performance of their local judges. Bills to make those changes and more are flowing into the hopper at ...

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Judicial evaluations may be coming back

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A program for lawyers to judge judges could be making a comeback. The 2014 General Assembly will consider proposals to revive a moribund judicial performance evaluation program designed to help Virginia judges improve their courtroom skills and give legislators a ...

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Judges face scrutiny before courts committees (access required)

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A Bedford judge came to make amends for a temper outburst and found himself – alongside his local commonwealth’s attorney – defending his court’s sentencing practices. A Virginia Beach judge complained he was unfairly forced to defend accusations about a ...

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Court, bar leaders hope study will leverage judgeship money (access required)

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Some lawyer legislators may be skeptical about details, but the new study of Virginia trial judges’ workloads is being hailed as solid evidence the state needs more budget money to put judges in courtrooms around the state. Reaction to the ...

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Judicial balancing act: Weighted case study calls for shifts (access required)

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A just completed study of Virginia trial judges’ workloads calls for 30 additional judgeships that could cost the state around $9 million a year. The study recommends a balancing among jurisdictions, with more judgeships in some areas and fewer in ...

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Circuit judge may face conduct inquiry (access required)

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A circuit judge up for re-election at the coming General Assembly session may confront questions about his curt treatment of a lawyer during a 2009 courtroom exchange that prompted a disciplinary charge. That year, Bedford County Circuit Judge James W. ...

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Bill would require FOIA disclosures for SCC

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Del. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, wants to shine more light on the workings of the State Corporation Commission by making the state agency subject to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Surovell won a measure of success on Sept. 12, when the ...

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