Sunday, October 17, 2004

Post finds progress in Virginia criminal justice and bar discipline systems

The Washington Post, checking up on Virginia after its scathing editorials from this summer, on Saturday had this editorial citing the progress made by the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia State Bar in responding to the several issues raised by the Post.

It notes that Virginia Court of Appeals has a new policy of referring botched appeals to the state bar's disciplinary authorities, "as a matter of course," every month.

The Post goes on to opine, however, that the rules need to be changed to that substantive rights of criminal appellants are not lost because of their lawyers' neglect.

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