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House panel quizzes judges on Hernandez (access required)

Several judges seeking reelection by the 2012 General Assembly have run into trouble over criminal disposition issues raised during interviews Dec. 9 before a panel of the House Courts of Justice Committee. Committee members alerted incumbent judges last April to ...

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Judges say ‘mental health dockets’ are just a way to organize caseloads (access required)

Judges in Richmond and Petersburg say they will continue to maintain mental health dockets in general district court, despite a Nov. 16 memo from Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser suggesting some specialized court programs in Virginia may lack General ...

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Recusal can be a touchy moment for a lawyer (access required)

It can be a ticklish and touchy moment for a lawyer: the judge in a case has a conflict and needs to pass the file to a colleague. But whether, and how, to ask a judge to recuse herself can ...

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Increase in GDC jurisdiction, IOLTA bill advance (access required)

A proposal to raise the jurisdictional limit for civil cases from $15,000 to $25,000 cleared the civil subcommittee of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee yesterday. Senate Bill 774, patroned by A. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, had the support of the ...

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Bills would increase GDC claim limits (access required)

Plaintiffs with minor personal injury claims and other civil litigators with small-scale claims may have greater access to Virginia general district courts under a pending legislative proposal. But not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The plan, contained in two ...

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Former delegate Hamilton indicted

A federal grand jury in Richmond indicted former state Del. Phillip A. Hamilton today on charges of bribery and extortion. Hamilton lost his seat in the House and on the powerful Appropriations Committee in 2009 after disclosures that he sought ...

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