VA SB1261 | 2021 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)
Status: Engrossed on February 4 2021 - 50% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2021-02-08 - Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]

Summary

Court of Appeals; jurisdiction; number of judges. Expands the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals of Virginia by providing for an appeal of right in every civil case and provides that the granting of further appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia shall be within the discretion of the Supreme Court. The bill provides for an appeal of right in criminal cases by a defendant, but leaves unchanged the current requirement that in criminal cases the Commonwealth must petition the Court of Appeals for granting of an appeal. The bill increases from 11 to 17 the number of judges on the Court of Appeals. The bill also (i) provides jurisdiction to the Court of Appeals over interlocutory appeals and petitions for review of injunctions; (ii) allows for oral arguments to be dispensed with if the panel of judges makes a unanimous decision that the appeal is wholly without merit or that the dispositive issues on appeal have already been authoritatively decided and the appellant has not argued that the case law should be overturned, extended, or reversed; (iii) provides that the Attorney General shall represent the Commonwealth in criminal appeals unless, and with the consent of the Attorney General, the attorney for the Commonwealth who prosecuted the case files a notice of appearance; (iv) eliminates the requirement for an appeal bond in criminal appeals; (v) requires all criminal cases in a court of record to be recorded and requires the clerk of the circuit court to prepare a transcript of any trial for which an appeal is noticed to him; and (vi) requires an expedited review of appeals of permanent protective orders and of bond validation proceedings. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2021, which is applicable to all provisions of the bill except for those increasing the number of judges on the Court of Appeals. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Court of Appeals; jurisdiction; number of judges. Expands the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals of Virginia by providing for an appeal of right in every civil case and provides that the granting of further appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia shall be within the discretion of the Supreme Court. The bill provides for an appeal of right in criminal cases by a defendant, but leaves unchanged the current requirement that in criminal cases the Commonwealth must petition the Court of Appeals for granting of an appeal. The bill increases from 11 to 17 the number of judges on the Court of Appeals. The bill also (i) provides jurisdiction to the Court of Appeals over interlocutory appeals and petitions for review of injunctions; (ii) allows for oral arguments to be dispensed with if the panel of judges makes a unanimous decision that the appeal is wholly without merit or that the dispositive issues on appeal have already been authoritatively decided and the appellant has not argued that the case law should be overturned, extended, or reversed; (iii) provides that the Attorney General shall represent the Commonwealth in criminal appeals unless, and with the consent of the Attorney General, the attorney for the Commonwealth who prosecuted the case files a notice of appearance; (iv) eliminates the requirement for an appeal bond in criminal appeals; (v) requires all criminal cases in a court of record to be recorded and requires the clerk of the circuit court to prepare a transcript of any trial for which an appeal is noticed to him; and (vi) requires an expedited review of appeals of permanent protective orders and of bond validation proceedings. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2021, which is applicable to all provisions of the bill except for those increasing the number of judges on the Court of Appeals. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

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Title

Court of Appeals; expands jurisdiction, increases from 11 to 17 number of judges on Court.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2021-02-05 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (Y: 21 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-03 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2021-02-02 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (11-Y 5-N) (Y: 11 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-25 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 6-N 1-A) (Y: 8 N: 6 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2021-02-08HouseContinued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
2021-02-07HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2021-02-07HouseRead first time
2021-02-07HousePlaced on Calendar
2021-02-05SenateRead third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
2021-02-04SenatePrinted as engrossed 21103599D-ES1
2021-02-04SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1261ES1
2021-02-04SenateCommittee amendment agreed to
2021-02-04SenateReading of amendment waived
2021-02-04SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 21103599D-S1
2021-02-04SenateReading of substitute waived
2021-02-04SenateRead second time
2021-02-03SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2021-02-02SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (11-Y 5-N)
2021-01-25SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2021-01-25SenateCommittee substitute printed 21103599D-S1
2021-01-25SenateReported from Judiciary with substitute (8-Y 6-N 1-A)
2021-01-12SenateReferred to Committee on the Judiciary
2021-01-12SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101357D

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Virginia State Sources

TypeSource
Summaryhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+sum+SB1261
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+ful+SB1261+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+ful+SB1261S1+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+ful+SB1261ES1+hil
Amendmenthttps://committees.lis.virginia.gov/pdfs/drafts/21103599D.pdf
Amendmenthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+amd+SB1261AS
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+oth+SB1261FS1122+PDF
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+vot+S03V0071+SB1261
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+vot+S05V0097+SB1261
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+vot+SV0288SB1261+SB1261
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+vot+SV0340SB1261+SB1261

Bill Comments

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