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Panel: Time to banish ‘shall’ from Virginia Rules (access required)

The call to eliminate use of the word “shall” in Virginia law is growing louder. The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court has joined the Boyd-Graves Conference in unanimously endorsing removal of the term from the Virginia Rules. Legal commentators and scholars have long characterized the word “shall” as inherently ambiguous.  Sometimes it means “must". Other times ...