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9/18/2014 at 3:03:40 PM GMT
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Virginia Decoded

Try Virginia Decoded

Many government websites tend to be outdated and difficult to use. The Commonwealth of Virginia website that includes the Virginia Code is poorly annotated and lacks any case information.

The home page of the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System looks like this:

Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System page











Search for a specific section of the code and the result appears like this:


LIS page showing a sample code section





Because there is no information other than the actual code sections, the result of the search, while providing the actual language of the code, is not particularly helpful.

A better alternative is Virginia Decoded. This site is easier to navigate and provides much more information than the Commonwealth of Virginia’s website. The format of the site allows for easier browsing of different sections of the code. Here is the home page:

Virginia Decoded page








A search for a particular code section not only shows the code section but also provides Court Decisions, Legislative Video, Amendment Attempts and Cross References.

Virginia Decoded augments Virginia Code with court decisions, video and more








Once you try Virginia Decoded at, you may never go back to the old site.

Vaden Warren is the managing partner of The Warren Firm PLLC in Charlottesville, and has spent 17 years representing people in personal injury cases in Virginia. He has tried more than 100 injury cases to verdict and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Last edited Thursday, September 18, 2014
10/9/2014 at 6:32:43 PM GMT
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Another great feature of Virginia Decoded is that you can use the left and right arrows on the keyboard to view the previous and next sections of the Virginia Code. This makes reading through a large portion of the Code MUCH easier!

Andrew B. Stockment is an attorney with Lenhart Pettit in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he practices in the areas of intellectual property, technology, securities and private equity, and business law. He serves on the Law Practice Management Division Executive Council and the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section Council as the YLD Representative. He also serves on the VBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewStockment.

Last edited Friday, October 10, 2014
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