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Assembly taps 31 for judgeships in trial courts  (access required)

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The General Assembly approved a new term for one sitting judge and elected 30 others to Virginia trial court benches Feb. 23. But the legislators denied a third term to Chesterfield County General District Judge Pamela O’Berry and also rejected ...

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Mandatory minimum bills advance

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(AP) Lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly advanced criminal justice reform measures that would eliminate mandatory minimums in favor of allowing judges more sentencing discretion. Senate Bill 1443, introduced by Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, narrowly passed Feb. 5 ...

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VSB ranks candidates for Appeals Court seats (access required)

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As the General Assembly refines plans to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia to 15 or 17 judges, Virginia bar organizations are making recommendations on who should fill the extra seats. A Virginia State Bar committee reported 11 candidates ...

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Trial bar scores three: Reforms would change Virginia auto liability picture (access required)

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Trial lawyers scored early wins on three General Assembly proposals to change the rules for auto insurance in Virginia. Under measures advanced in the Senate, minimum coverage limits would double from $25,000 to $50,000, underinsured coverage would stack instead of ...

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Assembly declines O’Berry reelection (access required)

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Chesterfield County General District Judge Pamela O’Berry was passed over Jan. 26 as the General Assembly voted to reelect sitting trial judges to new terms. O’Berry had come under fire from citizens who said she often failed to show respect ...

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