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Deadline for clerks needed? (access required)

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Collections lawyers say some Virginia court clerk’s offices are taking months to process paperwork, slowing down their practice. Staff shortages mean the problem could get worse, a court official warned, but legislators say they are looking to the courts for ...

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Distracted driver bill would close loophole (access required)

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In Virginia, it is currently legal for drivers to tweet or check Facebook while at the wheel. Current distracted driving laws have a loophole for the use of smartphone apps. When a distracted driving bill first passed in 2009, it only ...

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Wrongfully convicted may be getting legal fix (access required)

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People wrongly convicted in Virginia based on “bad science” may be getting a legal remedy. Some methods used to convict suspects, such as bite-mark evidence, hair follicle analysis and some forms of burn pattern evidence, have been outright discredited by ...

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Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home (access required)

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In a bid to overturn a 2014 Virginia Supreme Court decision, the state Senate this month approved a proposal to allow intoxicated driving on one’s own residential property. Once thought dead, the bill sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, ...

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Court reporters welcome proposed regulation (access required)

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Virginia could take the first step in regulating court reporters this year. Court reporters could no longer make multi-case contracts with parties in a lawsuit if Senate Bill 545 passes the General Assembly. SB 545 passed the full Senate Feb. ...

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Controversial FOIA bill killed by its sponsor (access required)

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A controversial proposal to declare that the state judiciary is exempt from Virginia’s open government law was killed Feb. 7 by its own sponsor, who contended his bill was misunderstood. Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, said he believed the courts ...

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Bill on plea deals nixing expungement moves forward (access required)

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Prosecutors could no longer cut a plea deal requiring a defendant to forego expungement of charges, under a bill passed by the Senate Feb. 1. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, sponsored Senate Bill 608. He said he proposed the legislation to ...

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Assembly returns 46 judges to the bench (access required)

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Virginia legislators re-elected 46 incumbent trial court judges in the first round of judicial selection at this year’s General Assembly. One new circuit judge was among those elected Jan. 16. One sitting judge was left off the list without explanation. ...

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