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Retiring judges honored by Prince William Bar (access required)

Circuit Court Judges Lon Farris and Craig Johnston were honored at a ceremony in April celebrating their retirements with a judicial portrait unveiling. The portraits were commissioned to celebrate the years of service of both judges and will hang at ...

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Willett takes office as Prince William judge (access required)

Longtime criminal lawyer James Willett took the oath of office May 4 as the newest member of the Prince William County circuit bench. Willett took the oath at an investiture ceremony sponsored by the Prince William County Bar Association. He ...

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Plea deal negates court recording question (access required)


HENRICO — The question of whether a prosecutor can obtain a defense attorney’s recording of a preliminary hearing will remain unanswered for now, after both sides agreed to a plea deal. The issue arose after Marvin Banks, a witness in ...

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Study: unrepresented civil litigants lose more often (access required)


The vast majority of litigants going through General District Court in Virginia are not represented by attorneys, according to a study conducted on behalf of Blue Ridge Legal Services. Unrepresented litigants lose the majority of General District Court cases when ...

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