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Judicial Emergency Extended; Tolling Changes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The Supreme Court of Virginia issued its seventh order concerning the judicial emergency on July 8. The latest order extends the judicial emergency to Aug. 9 and will follow provisions of the sixth order with three exceptions. They are:

  1. Deadlines imposed by the Speedy Trial Act are tolled during the judicial emergency, which began March 16, through Aug. 9, 2020.
  2. No jury trials shall occur until plans for restarting them, submitted by chief circuit court judges, have been submitted to the chief justice and approved by a panel of three justices in consultation with the Office of the Executive Secretary. Trials may be held after as soon that locality's plan has been approved. Each chief circuit court judge has until Aug. 17 to submit that locality's plan.
  3. Beginning July 20, no further tolling of statutes of limitation or other case-related deadlines shall occur for cases in district and circuit courts, except as provided in paragraph 1. Additionally, "there shall be no further tolling of deadlines regarding filings pursuant to Part Five of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia with the clerk of the circuit court as well as the filing of the petition for appeal in the Supreme Court under Rule 5:17(a)(1).

The sixth order took effect June 29 and was originally valid through July 19.

Find all orders related to the judicial emergency online here.


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