Lawyers and judges look to the Supreme Court of Virginia for benchmarks in trial courts’ awards of sanctions for “frivolous” pleadings. The high court set one such benchmark four years ago, when it upheld sanctions against an insurance defense lawyer ...Read More »
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A homeowner whose home was treated with the wrong pesticide can sue for negligence, even if the service was covered by a contract, according to a new case from the Supreme Court of Virginia. In October 2006, a technician for ...Read More »
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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Three bills backed by the Virginia Family Law Coalition, including one that would overturn a Supreme Court decision from last April, are working their way through the General Assembly with little opposition. The Supreme Court opinion, Gilliam v. McGrady (VLW ...Read More »
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 »
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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