House of Delegates

Feb 22, 2021

Appeals court plan still alive, despite lack of House action

Even though the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates largely has ignored the legislative proposal to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia to allow appellate review for any circuit court judgment, the project remains alive on a legislative back burner, supporters say. The expansion plan seemed to be on a roll early in the year. The […]

Feb 15, 2021

Habitual offender repeal crosses over to House

A bill that reinstates the driving privileges of thousands of Virginians labeled as “habitual offenders” has been taken up by the House of Delegates. Senate Bill 1122, sponsored by Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, would repeal the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offenders Act and reinstate the driving privileges to those who lost their drivers licenses […]

Jan 25, 2021

Democrats still seek unity on expungement push

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 another proposal would set up a petition-based expungement regime. Similar proposals foundered at a 2020 […]

Oct 30, 2017

State retirement plan hobbles judge recruitment

Legislators say Virginia’s retirement benefits structure is making it hard to attract seasoned attorneys to serve as judges in the state courts. The benefits do not accrue fast enough for lawyers who enter the state retirement system in their 50s, the officials say. Lawmakers who elect judges for Virginia circuit, general district and juvenile and […]

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