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Assembly delays election of judges until late April (access required)

The state appears unlikely to get any new judges elected before April 25 at the earliest, although the General Assembly moved closer to filling two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Republican caucus in the House of Delegates ...

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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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Hernandez prompts separate interview sessions for high court (access required)

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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Custody evaluations: Does court-appointed expert get the last word? (access required)

When a lawyer in a custody case gets an “absolutely killing” report from a court-appointed evaluator, there are two options. First, you can “surrender,” family law practitioner Michael S. Ewing said at the Henrico County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar program on ...

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All incumbent judges certified (access required)

The House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees certified 58 incumbent judges yesterday as qualified for reappointment. The list includes Virginia Court of Appeals judges D. Arthur Kelsey and Elizabeth A. McClanahan, both candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy that ...

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‘Deferred judgment’ practice on hold (access required)

Getting a court to defer judgment may be the best a lawyer can do for a particular criminal client. But in some kinds of cases, that option has been in limbo for the last few years. Lawyers are watching closely ...

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