VA SJR39 | 2021 | Regular Session

Note: Carryover of previous SJR39


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Engrossed on February 4 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-02-27 - Continued to 2021 in Rules by voice vote
Pending: House Rules Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Study; Virginia State Crime Commission; effect of abolishing jury sentencing on the justice system; report. Directs the Virginia State Crime Commission to (i) identify the most common charges tried before juries within the Commonwealth and determine the average sentence per charge as recommended by a jury; (ii) compare the jury-recommended sentence to the average sentence for each identified charge, factoring in alternative sentences and suspended time, as determined by a judge during a bench trial; (iii) identify any perceived negative impacts to the judicial system associated with abolishing the practice of jury sentencing and make recommendations as to how these potential negative impacts could be avoided; and (iv) determine the feasibility of abolishing jury sentencing for noncapital offenses within the Commonwealth.

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Justice system; Virginia State Crime Commission to study effect of abolishing jury sentencing.


Roll Calls

2020-02-03 - Senate - Senate: Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-02-27HouseContinued to 2021 in Rules by voice vote
2020-02-13HouseReferred to Committee on Rules
2020-02-13HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-02-06SenateRead third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
2020-02-05SenatePassed by for the day
2020-02-04SenateRead second time and engrossed
2020-02-03SenateReading waived (40-Y 0-N)
2020-01-31SenateReported from Rules by voice vote
2020-01-07SenateReferred to Committee on Rules
2020-01-07SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104551D

Same As/Similar To

SJR39 (Carry Over) 2020-02-27 - Continued to 2021 in Rules by voice vote

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