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 courtвЂ™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 courtвЂ™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 generalвЂ™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:
вЂўCircuit Choose Thomas D. Horne, Chair
вЂўDel. Robert B. Bell, R-Charlottesville
вЂўVirginia Court docket of Appeals Choose Rossie D. Alston, Jr.
вЂўCircuit Choose Marjorie T. Arrington
вЂўCircuit Choose Randy I. Bellows
вЂўCircuit Choose Michael L. Moore
вЂўSen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross
вЂўRoanoke law firm Thomas J. Bondurant Jr.
вЂўRichmond CommonwealthвЂ™s Legal professional Michael N. Herring
вЂўLeesburg Deputy General public Defender Bonnie Hoffman
вЂўLynchburg CommonwealthвЂ™s Legal professional Michael R. Doucette
вЂўFloyd County CommonwealthвЂ™s Legal professional Stephanie Murray Shortt
вЂўSenior Asst. Legal professional Basic Virginia B. Theisen
вЂўWashington & Lee University regulation Prof. David I. Bruck
вЂўVirginia M. Coscia, Director of the Fredericksburg Sufferer Witness Support System
вЂўSara N. Poole, Place of work of Lawful Affairs, Section of Point out Police
вЂўStephanie Merritt, Section Counsel, Section of Forensic Science
вЂўUniversity of Richmond regulation Prof. John G. Douglass
вЂўDouglas A. Ramseur, Funds Defender for the Southeastern Location
вЂўLeesburg law firm Alex N. Levay
вЂўCharlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr.
вЂўVSB Ethics Counsel James McCauley
вЂўWashington County SheriffвЂ™s Main Jack Davidson