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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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Limit hike for GDC would ease backlogs (access required)

The jurisdictional limit of Virginia’s general district courts would go from $25,000 to $50,000 under a bill moving through the General Assembly. Senate Bill 1108 would double the maximum civil jurisdictional limit of general district courts. The present concurrent limit ...

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Democrats still seek unity on expungement push (access required)

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Automatic expungement – a key element of Virginia Democrats’ criminal justice initiatives – has momentum this year at the General Assembly. At least three measures introduced in the 2021 session would provide plans for automatic expungement of criminal records, while ...

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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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