Saturday, July 30, 2005

Are family courts finally coming to Virginia?

Some judges have dusted off their crystal balls in Colonial Heights, where The possibility of Family Court factors into courthouse decision.

The article says that Chief Justice Hassell is trying to drum up support for the Family Court system that was proposed more than 10 years ago but never funded:

"In September, a Supreme Court committee assigned to the project will report an updated proposal on Family Court to the Judicial Council of Virginia. If approved, it will be introduced to next year's General Assembly.

If it survives, Family Court will then enter into planning stages and each Virginia court would assess its facilities and report back what it needs to accommodate the new system."

I remember attending a meeting of the Bristol Bar where candidates for the never-funded Family Court judgeship asked for the bar's support. That seems like a long time ago.

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