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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)


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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Reporting of misdemeanors at school would be optional (access required)


Lawmakers are proposing to eliminate the requirement that school leaders report certain criminal offenses to law enforcement, legislation that some Republicans say could make schools “significantly less safe.” Supporters include a number of education advocacy groups and teachers’ associations; they ...

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Pay-back keeps two prosecutors off the bench (access required)


Two Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys seeking to become judges may have been torpedoed by the influence of a former governor. Both Fredericksburg Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins and Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp interviewed with legislators for general district court vacancies ...

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