Monday, January 13, 2014

Court docket Names Felony Discovery Panel
Court docket Names Felony Discovery Panel
Court docket names felony discovery examine panel

The Supreme Court docket of Virginia has named a 23-member committee to contemplate proposed adjustments to the rule for felony discovery.

The committee is chaired by Loudoun County Circuit Choose Thomas D. Horne, who also has chaired panels finding out judicial boundaries and judicial workloads.

The court’s examine panel follows a get in touch with for reform this 12 months from an Indigent Defense Activity Pressure proven by the Virginia Point out Bar. That report was criticized as a single-sided by prosecutors, who abandoned the examine energy with issues that the activity pressure was dominated by defense legal professionals.

At concern is regardless of whether prosecutors must have to enable entry to regimen police studies, amid other matters. At present, Rule 3A:11 gives entry only to scientific studies well prepared for regulation enforcement.

The court’s freshly appointed committee contains prosecutors and defense legal professionals, together with five judges, two law firm-legislators, two regulation professors, and associates of the legal professional general’s place of work, the point out police, neighborhood police chiefs, sheriffs, the point out crime lab, and a sufferer-witness system. Also on board is VSB Ethics Counsel James M. McCauley.

The court docket did not supply details about a timeline for producing tips or regardless of whether the committee will solicit further remarks from the general public. The activity pressure advice was 2 times set out for remarks and made scores of responses the two instances.

The adhering to are customers of the committee:
•Circuit Choose Thomas D. Horne, Chair
•Del. Robert B. Bell, R-Charlottesville
•Virginia Court docket of Appeals Choose Rossie D. Alston, Jr.
•Circuit Choose Marjorie T. Arrington
•Circuit Choose Randy I. Bellows
•Circuit Choose Michael L. Moore
•Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross
•Roanoke law firm Thomas J. Bondurant Jr.
•Richmond Commonwealth’s Legal professional Michael N. Herring
•Leesburg Deputy General public Defender Bonnie Hoffman
•Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Legal professional Michael R. Doucette
•Floyd County Commonwealth’s Legal professional Stephanie Murray Shortt
•Senior Asst. Legal professional Basic Virginia B. Theisen
•Washington & Lee University regulation Prof. David I. Bruck
•Virginia M. Coscia, Director of the Fredericksburg Sufferer Witness Support System
•Sara N. Poole, Place of work of Lawful Affairs, Section of Point out Police
•Stephanie Merritt, Section Counsel, Section of Forensic Science
•University of Richmond regulation Prof. John G. Douglass
•Douglas A. Ramseur, Funds Defender for the Southeastern Location
•Leesburg law firm Alex N. Levay
•Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr.
•VSB Ethics Counsel James McCauley
•Washington County Sheriff’s Main Jack Davidson

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