Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser was formally invested yesterday as Virginia’s first woman chief justice and only the 25th person to hold that position in the long history of the commonwealth. With family, friends and much of the state’s political elite ...Read More »
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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 ...Read More »
A legislative session to interview candidates for a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia split – literally – over the court’s recent decision in Hernandez v. Commonwealth. That case held that judges can defer entering judgment in criminal cases ...
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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 »
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 »