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Judge's Late Order Sinks Man's Appeal (access required)

By Christopher Gatewood, Assistant Editor After a hearing on an ex-wife’s petition, a juvenile & domestic relations judge orders an increase in a man’s child support obligation. The husband moves for a new trial. The judge sets a hearing for ...

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A Christmas Brief (access required)

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the firm, Not a creature was stirring, except for McWorm. He sat at his desk, consumed by deep grief– The source of his problems? A 50-page brief! The law books were stacked ...

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Fire Victims Get Limited Discovery (access required)

In other news from the discovery front, a Richmond Circuit judge last week rebuffed a p.i. lawyer’s innovative effort to use the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to obtain safety and incident reports from a state hospital. The circuit court ...

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Parolees are target of new drug testing effort (access required)

The Virginia Department of Corrections last week announced the implementation of “Operation Consequences”–a massive, unannounced substance abuse testing effort of targeted parolees and probationers in Richmond and the surrounding metropolitan areas. “This closely coordinated, mass-testing effort is unprecedented in the ...

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Plaintiff Must Yield Transcript (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A car-crash defendant is entitled to a transcript the plaintiff made of his traffic-court hearing, an Alleghany County circuit judge has ruled. Even though the defendant could have hired a court reporter for the ...

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