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JIRC reports 2008 stats

In its year-end report to the General Assembly, dated Dec. 1 and posted online Dec. 18, the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission demonstrates just how busy it has been this year. Business is steady for the agency that provides ethics ...

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New judgeship requests deferred

Belts continue to tighten in the judicial branch. In compliance with state statutes, the Supreme Court has made its annual report to the General Assembly on the need for new judgeships in the commonwealth. In correspondence Dec. 1 from Supreme ...

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In praise of our way of picking judges

Virginia remains only one of two states where the legislature elects judges. Critics complain, sometimes with justification, about our system. Some argue that it has become a way to dispense political patronage (as if that element hadn’t always been part ...

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