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Virginia Supreme Court Amends Order

Wednesday, May 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
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On May 12, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously issued an amendment to its fourth order modifying and extending declaration of the judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The amendment involves the fourth paragraph of that order.

It reads:

"4) Notwithstanding the ongoing preference for conducting hearings by video conferencing or telephone, effective May 18, 2020, all courts may hear in-person non-emergency matters if they determine it is safe to do so, and provided they comply with the guidance for transitioning from emergency to routine operations provided by the Office of the Executive Secretary in order to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 from in-person court proceedings. Whether criminal or civil, whether the case is one that is handled in person or by video or telephone, it is not necessary for a party to obtain the agreement of any other party to bring a pre-trial motion before the court or set a non-jury trial. The parties are not relieved of notice requirements or other duties under pre-trial orders and compliance with applicable rules
and statutes."


Find all orders related to the judicial emergency online at and on the VBA's COVID-19 resources page under Court Resources.

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