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Court to consider on-call judges for long weekends (access required)

Concerns about delays of up to five days for accused offenders waiting for bond hearings may lead to a plan to make judges available even when courthouses are closed for long periods. Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons ...

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Court backs judges in pot prosecution dispute (access required)

A panel of the Supreme Court of Virginia says Norfolk circuit judges did not exceed their authority when they refused a prosecutor’s request to drop charges in marijuana possession cases. The court’s ruling in a six-page order May 2 appears to ...

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Lemons urges participation in pro bono reporting

For the first time, Virginia lawyers are being asked this year to voluntarily report their pro bono contributions, and the chief justice is encouraging participation. In a letter going to all Virginia lawyers in the mid-June license renewal statement, Virginia Supreme ...

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Justices hear Morrissey revocation appeal (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court justices listened April 19 as lawyers argued over whether three circuit judges followed proper procedure in revoking the law license of Richmond’s Joe Morrissey. Morrissey was disbarred last year in part for his conduct involving a 2013 ...

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Justices question sex offender law (access required)

Virginia law requires a more onerous label for some sex offenders if they have been convicted in other states, although the Supreme Court says it cannot discern a reason for the requirement. A recent ruling from the high court suggests ...

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Rules panel proposes dumping the word ‘shall’

The legal community is being asked to weigh in on a plan to ditch the use of the word “shall” in the Virginia Rules of Court. After a Boyd-Graves study last year recommended elimination of “shall” in both the state ...

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Virginia Supreme Court agrees to hear GMU lawsuit (access required)

George Mason University students seeking more transparency about private donors to their school will have their case heard by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court granted an appeal to Transparent GMU on Mar. 12, the Fairfax County Times ...

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Justices save appeal despite missing record number (access required)

A criminal defendant gets a second chance to make his case to the Court of Appeals even though his consolidated petition involving both a new conviction and a revocation proceeding listed only one of the two record numbers. The Supreme ...

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Supreme Court ruling puts murder defendant back in jail (access required)

An Alexandria man accused of an ambush, execution-style slaying of his boss at a Warrenton pharmacy is back in jail after the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled a lower court judge erred in granting bail. Acting less than a month ...

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Gun in glovebox not enough to convict (access required)

How close does your client have to be to that gun in the glovebox to be tagged on a weapons charge? In the absence of other kinds of connections to a firearm, he may be able to keep his distance, ...

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