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Chief justice declares judicial emergency

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons has suspended all non-essential, non-emergency proceedings in all Virginia circuit and district courts through April 6. His March 16 order declared a judicial emergency pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330. The Supreme ...

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Virus update: Jury trials on hold in some courts

Virus precautions are slowing court systems in Virginia. In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, nearly all jury proceedings have been postponed through April 17, according to a March 13 order. A similar hiatus for civil ...

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VTLA opts for online convention, federal courts make changes

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has ditched plans for its annual in-person convention at The Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia because of the new coronavirus. Instead, the VTLA will hold a “Virtual Convention” on March 26-27, with online sessions only, ...

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Assembly leaves Court of Appeals seat unfilled (access required)

The General Assembly ended its regular session March 12 by electing four additional trial court judges but ignoring a vacancy on the Court of Appeals. A March 12 resolution listing offices to be filled by legislative elections omitted the seat ...

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Lawyer’s expense padding brings 4-year suspension (access required)

A Washington attorney accused of charging $30,000 in personal expenses to her law firm has given up her Virginia law license for four years. Her alleged dishonesty was exposed by her social media posts, according to a stipulation. Azadeh S. ...

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Pay-back keeps two prosecutors off the bench (access required)

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Two Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys seeking to become judges may have been torpedoed by the influence of a former governor. Both Fredericksburg Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins and Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp interviewed with legislators for general district court vacancies ...

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