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431 sit for in-person bar exam (access required)

With social distancing and other precautions in place, 431 would-be lawyers took the Virginia bar exam July 28 and 29 at Roanoke’s Berglund Center. Another 232 have elected to wait for a one-day bar exam to be given in Richmond ...

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Three directions: Court splits on confrontation challenge (access required)

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The judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals went in three different directions in analyzing when a document – a signed proof of service – can take the place of live testimony to prove violation of a criminal statute. At ...

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Governor asks Supreme Court to renew eviction ban (access required)

The governor is again seeking a statewide ban on evictions imposed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The state faces a “public health and economic crisis that will be made immeasurably worse if the rate of evictions increases at the ...

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Some Richmond GDC courtrooms closed due to virus (access required)

The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Virginia courts. Richmond General District criminal and traffic courts at the John Marshall Courthouse were closed beginning July 29, according to  the chief judge’s order. The Lynchburg Circuit Court clerk’s office was closed the ...

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Pierce to lead South Hampton Roads Bar (access required)

The South Hampton Roads Bar Association has inducted Michael D. Pierce of Norfolk as president. He succeeds Jamilah D. LeCruise of Norfolk as head of the predominately Black bar association headquartered in Norfolk. Pierce, who joined the SHRBA in 2015, ...

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State attacks standing of Lee statue plaintiff (access required)

State lawyers say a Richmond resident seeking to block removal of the state-owned statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee lacks legal standing in his lawsuit. Lawyers from the attorney general’s office prevailed in their argument once, and raised the standing ...

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