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Some JDR judges get low marks (access required)


As the Virginia General Assembly again considers new terms for incumbent judges, legislators will be examining a large batch of report cards on the candidates. For some, mostly juvenile and domestic relations judges, the reviews were not all raves. This ...

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Conrad to take senior status (access required)

U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of Virginia’s Western District is taking senior status, his office reports. In a letter to President Trump, Conrad said he would assume senior status on Monday, Dec. 11, his assistant said. The move was ...

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‘The GAL system is broken’ (access required)


Children involved in family court disputes are often poorly served by lawyers appointed to represent them, attorneys and other observers say. Surveys of lawyers and court volunteers reveal concerns that some guardians ad litem – paid to advocate for children ...

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Martinsville prosecutor resigns (access required)

Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Clay Gravely IV has announced his resignation due to health concerns. According to a letter of resignation cited by the Martinsville Bulletin, Gravely said that he had been battling colon cancer and reached a point where ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after VSB charges obstruction (access required)

A Manassas lawyer agreed to give up his law license Dec. 7 confronted with allegations that he misled and obstructed a bar investigator. The agreed disbarment of Jonathan D. Esten comes a year after he agreed to a public reprimand ...

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Prince William bar endorses judicial candidates (access required)

The Prince William County Bar Association on Dec. 7 nominated a slate of candidates for up to four possible judgeship selections by the 2018 General Assembly: Circuit Court (2 anticipated vacancies): Jim Willett Angela Horan (current GDC Judge) Lisa Baird ...

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Suspended attorney to serve 30 days in plea deal (access required)

A Winchester attorney – currently under impairment suspension – agreed to a plea agreement Dec. 5 calling for 30 days in jail for driving with a suspended license. The plea deal for lawyer Shelly Collette in Winchester Circuit Court included ...

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