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Judicial Emergency Extended to July 19; Fifth Order Amended

Tuesday, June 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The Supreme Court of Virginia issued two orders dated June 22 broadening current limitations and extending the judicial emergency through July 19.

One notice further amends the court's fifth order that modified and extended the judicial emergency through June 28. The new amendment permits courts to hear residential unlawful detainer actions and issue writs of eviction unrelated to the failure to pay rent beginning immediately. The fifth order was first modified June 8 to suspend and continue all residential unlawful detainer actions and the issuance of writs of eviction.

The second new order is the sixth order, which extends the judicial emergency for another 21 days to July 19, 2020. It maintains tolling of case-related deadlines in district and circuit courts. In all civil cases, certain deadlines and obligations are not tolled. Upon notice to the parties or their counsel, courts can impose pre-trial deadlines.

Jury trials are still suspended; however, courts can impose discovery deadlines. Jury trials scheduled after July 19, 2020, are subject to a further suspension if the judicial emergency is extended.

Each chief circuit judge must develop a plan for resuming normal court operations. Plans must be submitted by Aug. 17, 2020, to Chief Justice Donald Lemons for approval. No jury trials in a locality can resume until its plan is approved.

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