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ACLU asks Supreme Court to act on inmate release (access required)

The state chapter of the ACLU is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to use its authority to speed up the release of nonviolent and vulnerable defendants from Virginia jails and prisons. In an April 16 letter to Chief Justice ...

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Chesterfield courts are open for business (access required)

The staff at the Chesterfield County courts wants you to know they are open for business. A March 16 press release from the Chesterfield courts announced all hearings set through April 6 were automatically continued except for pretrial and bond ...

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Lawyer suspended for lying to clients, partners (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer who carried out an “ongoing deception” with a client and lied to partners about his work was fired by his firm and then suspended from practice for a year and a day. The Virginia State Bar ...

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Military spouse lawyers challenge supervision requirement (access required)

Military spouse lawyers are asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to remove a requirement that military spouse attorneys practice only under “supervision and direction” of Virginia lawyers. The justices have asked for a recommendation from the Virginia State Bar, and ...

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Supreme Court OKs A/V hearings for all cases (access required)

A new announcement from the Supreme Court of Virginia could open doors for remote hearings to keep litigation moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief justice of the Supreme Court says judges may, in their discretion, conduct any civil or ...

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Federal courts set pace on use of remote hearings (access required)

Federal courts have taken the lead on the use of technology to keep cases moving during the coronavirus outbreak. “Federal circuit, district and bankruptcy courts are utilizing multiple audio and video conferencing technologies to host oral arguments, initial appearances, preliminary ...

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Courts stop speedy trial clocks because of virus (access required)

Many Virginia prosecutors have relief from their normally tight speedy-trial deadlines for bringing criminal defendants to justice under rulings from three influential courts. The decisions were prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. The federal courts of Virginia and the Fairfax County ...

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Va. Supreme Court pulls back guidance on no-contact rule (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has vacated its adoption of a 19-page guidance document on the ethical rule barring attorneys’ contacts with certain represented persons. The justices adopted Legal Ethics Opinion 1890 on Jan. 7 but vacated and set aside ...

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