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Appeals court plan still alive, despite lack of House action (access required)

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Even though the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates largely has ignored the legislative proposal to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia to allow appellate review for any circuit court judgment, the project remains alive on a legislative back burner, supporters ...

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Nominations open for 2021 ‘Hall of Fame’ honorees

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Virginia Lawyers Weekly is taking nominations for the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, our recognition program for Virginia’s most significant senior lawyers. Membership in the Hall of Fame is reserved for Virginia lawyers age 60 and older. Criteria for selection ...

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Lawyer who borrowed from testator gets 6-month suspension (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer who used his position as executor of a neighbor’s will to try to negotiate relief from a loan repayment obligation has been suspended from law practice for six months. A three-judge panel of Virginia Beach Circuit ...

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An empty podium: Fairfax not staffing all cases; victims still must get notice (access required)

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Even if a commonwealth’s attorney decides not to staff certain misdemeanor cases, the prosecutor’s office still has the obligation to make sure crime victims are provided notice of their criminal proceedings, a Fairfax County judge has ruled. The judge’s decision ...

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Dems advance diverse judicial candidates (access required)

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After a rocky start marked by protests from participating legislators, senators and delegates used Zoom to interview a notably diverse and mostly well-received field of 29 candidates for 28 open judgeships in Virginia’s trial courts last week. Legislators heatedly objected ...

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