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Criminal discovery reform…again (access required)

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The latest study of Virginia criminal discovery rules produced a fresh report just in time to forestall a legislative rewrite effort this month. Once again, a multi-discipline group is recommending defense access to police reports. The next move is up ...

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SW Virginia judge with good reviews bounced (access required)

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A Southwest Virginia circuit judge has apparently lost his seat on the bench despite the endorsement of his local bar, a clean performance survey and no public opposition at the General Assembly. The action illustrates the endurance of the Assembly’s ...

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Plaintiff wins access to nursing home training materials (access required)

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Another judge has allowed a medical malpractice plaintiff to examine health care training materials over the objection of a defendant nursing home. Gloucester County Circuit Judge Designate William H. Shaw III – a retired Middle Neck judge – allowed discovery ...

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Medical malpractice suit tops ‘Largest Verdicts’ (access required)

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A verdict handed down by a Fairfax jury in a medical malpractice suit tops the list in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s compilation of “Largest Verdicts” for 2017. When a 55-year-old woman died from complications after a balloon used during a noninvasive surgery ...

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Lawmakers offer varied court data access plans (access required)

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The 2018 General Assembly could produce a blueprint for giving lawyers, and the general public, unprecedented access to state court case records. A court decision seen as a setback for open government has spawned at least five proposals to allow ...

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Assembly returns 46 judges to the bench (access required)

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Virginia legislators re-elected 46 incumbent trial court judges in the first round of judicial selection at this year’s General Assembly. One new circuit judge was among those elected Jan. 16. One sitting judge was left off the list without explanation. ...

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