Virginia prosecutors are backing a bill at the General Assembly intended to take away judges’ newfound authority to defer and dismiss criminal charges in any case, even when the evidence would support conviction. A defense lawyer familiar with the legislation ...Read More »
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Here’s an unusual ruling from the Supreme Court of Virginia: “[T]he judgment appealed from is affirmed without opinion by an evenly divided Court.” The court heard several cases last month with only six justices, a rarity because the court usually ...
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The Virginia State Bar may have difficulty hanging on to its $5 million reserve fund. But there still may be hope for thawing the freeze on new judges in Virginia. Leaders from a number of the commonwealth’s bar groups trooped ...Read More »
If the General Assembly has gripes about the way the Virginia judicial system is being run, incoming Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser says she’s ready to hear them. “I want to have a good working relationship with them,” Kinser ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
A county administrator who criticized a former colleague’s job performance to the board of supervisors must pay damages for defamation, in a new decision from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court upheld the defamation verdict and the jury ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia appeared to clear the way Thursday for judges to defer judgment in criminal cases and enter a finding of not guilty even when they find the law and facts sufficient for a finding of guilt. ...Read More »
A condominium owner behind on his dues assessment but apparently current on his mortgage is in a showdown with the owners’ association. Their dispute is headed to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court has agreed to review Watergate ...Read More »
Candidates for a Supreme Court vacancy can begin politicking in earnest now that bar groups have evaluated them and the legislative session is about to begin, according to Del. David B. Albo, the Fairfax Republican who chairs the House of ...
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Don’t look for rulings from the Supreme Court of Virginia in the Spear ad damnum case or the much-litigated defamation claim of a former Raytheon Technical Services Co. executive. Both have been settled under confidential terms, less than two weeks ...Read More »