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Virus-driven budget cuts hit justice system (access required)

Hopes for extra state money to boost district courts’ staff, public defender ranks and legal aid offices have evaporated as the COVID-19 virus forced state budget rollbacks. Spending cuts recommended by Gov. Ralph Northam even signaled delay of a long-sought new general district judgeship in Fairfax County. Legislators meeting in a one-day veto-override session April 22 offered ...