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Ex-prosecutor’s employment suit is rejected (access required)

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A former prosecutor who claimed she was unlawfully fired from the Carroll County commonwealth’s attorney’s office has had her federal employment lawsuit tossed out of court. Colette M. Wilcox, who now practices in Bristol, alleged her wrongful termination hurt her ...

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Constructive discharge might support ‘Bowman’ claim (access required)

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Although a federal judge ruled that allegations of constructive discharge – as opposed to outright firing – might support a Virginia “Bowman” claim of wrongful termination, the judge said other factors undermined the effort to add that claim to a ...

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Drug courts are split on how to deal with opioid addiction (access required)

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Judges and court officials in Western Virginia are taking different tacks on their approach to drug court participants addicted to opioids. A state court drug treatment program in the Roanoke Valley does not allow participants to pursue medication-assisted treatment, or ...

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Charlottesville Circuit clerk’s office closed first week of 2019 (access required)

The Charlottesville Circuit Court has ordered that its clerk’s office be closed Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4, for security reasons while the office is temporarily relocated for courthouse renovations. The office was already scheduled to close Monday and Tuesday Dec. ...

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Brennan recommended for bar counsel (access required)

A Virginia State Bar search committee is recommending Deputy Executive Director Renu M. Brennan of Richmond to succeed Edward L. Davis as bar counsel, head of the bar’s ethics prosecutors. The VSB says the recommendation is expected to receive the ...

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Facing the hiring squad (access required)

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Two Virginia judges up for new terms on the bench faced scrutiny from legislators over their own personal issues and disputes at a recent interview session. A circuit judge was quizzed about a complaint raised by his ex-wife’s lawyer. A ...

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Model policy would allow cellphones in courthouses (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is recommending that local judges and sheriffs generally allow visitors to bring cellphones and other personal devices into state courthouses. The court’s proposed policy would allow visitors to bring electronic devices – set in silent ...

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City’s legal bills subject to FOIA, even in heat of litigation (access required)

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Although a Virginia city claimed it had special concerns about releasing legal bills to a litigation opponent, the Supreme Court of Virginia found no reason to alter the usual standards for attorney-client and work product materials. In a Dec. 6 ...

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