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Court clarifies effect of appellate deadline tolling

The Supreme Court of Virginia has clarified the terms of the court’s “judicial emergency” order that apply to tolling of appellate deadlines. The March 16 order stated “all deadlines” are “hereby tolled and extended, pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330(D),” ...

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Lawyer convicted of drug possession keeps law license (access required)

A Washington County lawyer convicted of misdemeanor charges after being accused of passing a prescription drug to an inmate has agreed to a Virginia State Bar reprimand. The reprimand deal approved March 17 for George Ed Barker Jr. requires substance ...

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Senators recommend two for ED judgeship (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended two U.S. magistrate judges for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench in the Eastern District. In a letter to President Trump, Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said they recommended both U.S. ...

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Prosecutor raps judge for jury trial during virus prep (access required)

Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell minced no words in his disagreement with a decision to hold a jury trial on Monday, March 16, as communities struggled to come to terms with the proper response to the coronavirus threat. Bell told ...

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Court of Appeals to hold telephone hearings

The Court of Appeals of Virginia says it will conduct its upcoming dockets via telephone conference through at least June 30. In a March 18 notice, the court said the action was taken in an “abundance of caution and to ...

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Another ex-campaign staffer is charged in election scheme

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Authorities have charged a second former congressional campaign staffer with election fraud in a case that clouded the race for Virginia’s 2nd District in 2018. Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell, who is a special prosecutor overseeing the ...

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Courts use variety of notice methods

The independence of Virginia courts has been on full display as they respond to the call to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. Not only have state courts adopted a variety of responses in their schedules and policies, they ...

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William & Mary leaps in law school rankings (access required)

The annual ranking of law schools by U.S. News & World Report shows the law school at the College of William & Mary moved up eight positions, to a tie with Washington & Lee University at 31st place. Washington & ...

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Judge cancels council’s resolution to close condemned jail

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A judge has reaffirmed his previous ruling that Portsmouth must repair its jail instead of condemning it after the city council passed a resolution defying his orders. Circuit Judge Johnny Morrison said March 13  that his order to keep ...

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Chief justice declares judicial emergency

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons has suspended all non-essential, non-emergency proceedings in all Virginia circuit and district courts through April 6. His March 16 order declared a judicial emergency pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330. The Supreme ...

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