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Six expected to seek seat on Court of Appeals (access required)

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At least six candidates have indicated they would like to be considered for a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Virginia bar groups have been asked by a state Senate leader to evaluate candidates, and an evaluation process ...

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Smooth sailing for public defender plan (access required)

A proposal to create a public defender office for Prince William County has won two favorable votes already at the General Assembly. The House Courts criminal laws subcommittee approved the bill Jan. 17 without opposition after advocates said it would ...

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Courts, Judiciary committees get organized (access required)

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A name change and a political shift distinguish the 2020 versions of the General Assembly’s committees overseeing Virginia’s courts. The Senate voted Jan. 8 to change the name of what had been the Committee for Courts of Justice to the ...

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Courts scramble to address gun ban challenge (access required)

A bid by gun rights activists to block a temporary Capitol Square weapons ban has foundered both in circuit court and in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 15 decreed that weapons of all kinds would ...

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Pay boost would be coupled with certification for GALs (access required)

A proposal advancing at the General Assembly is designed to encourage guardians ad litem in family law cases to both meet with children they serve and meet court standards for their work. The measure would pay GALs for face-to-face contact ...

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Fairfax hoping for added general district judge (access required)

After two legislative votes this month, it appears Fairfax County could finally get an additional general district judge in 2020. Judges there have argued for more than a year that their court deserves special attention. “We are the busiest court ...

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