The confirmation of Pamela A. Harris to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals July 28 will mark a giant step in President Obama’s ongoing quest to transform one of the country’s most conservative appellate panels into one of its ...Read More »
The General Assembly passed a new state budget June 12 – including money for filling some judicial vacancies – but only after adopting a Republican-backed amendment to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval. The ...Read More »
A longtime circuit judge from Virginia Beach has been dealt a blow in his bid for a third term, as a child advocacy group urged legislators to block his re-election. Some lawmakers say they share the group’s concerns about comments ...Read More »
The 2014 Virginia General Assembly could reorganize the allocation of judgeships among local courthouses and restore the practice of lawyers scoring the performance of their local judges. Bills to make those changes and more are flowing into the hopper at ...Read More »
A program for lawyers to judge judges could be making a comeback. The 2014 General Assembly will consider proposals to revive a moribund judicial performance evaluation program designed to help Virginia judges improve their courtroom skills and give legislators a ...Read More »
A veteran Virginia Beach circuit judge was forced – without preparation – to defend a 10-year-old ruling in a contentious and emotional custody case as he appeared Dec. 13 before legislators in Richmond. Caught unaware by criticism from an advocate ...Read More »
When Virginia judges up for re-election faced questions last week about their handling of certain criminal cases, lawyers stepped up to defend the judges before legislative courts committees. Those defenders included some legislators who practice before those judges. The number ...
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