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Justice reform 2021: Assembly poised to erase mandatory minimums (access required)

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When the 2021 Virginia General Assembly opens on Jan. 13, criminal justice reform, a major issue in last year’s session, will be back front and center. A group of progressive Virginia prosecutors has united behind a five-point agenda for the ...

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Assembly acts to fill new appeals court judgeships (access required)

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A long-dormant proposal to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia suddenly became a flashpoint issue this month as General Assembly Democrats prepared to fill an expected four new judicial seats while Republicans derided the initiative as a liberal “pack-the-court” ...

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Judicial reelection: Community split over Chesterfield judge’s future (access required)

Richmond-area lawyers spoke up this month in support of a Chesterfield County general district judge fighting to win another term despite low performance scores and vocal community opposition. Judge Pamela O’Berry’s bid for a third six-year term led to more ...

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Assembly approves deferred disposition (access required)

After a decade of nuanced judicial refinements to the standard for deferring dispositions for criminal defendants, the General Assembly has agreed to give judges nearly unfettered discretion to delay criminal judgments for later consideration. The reform given final approval Oct. ...

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No more ‘surprises’ (access required)

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Both the House and Senate unan­imously passed identical legislation this month to remove the risk of sur­prise hospital bills for some Virginians. Surprise bills, or “balance billing,” of­ten occur when patients seek emergen­cy care at an out-of-network hospital, or receive ...

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