Bill Text: VA SB433 | 2020 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Domestic relations cases; invocation of constitutional rights, adverse inference.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Enrolled) 2020-03-20 - Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020 [SB433 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-SB433-Enrolled.html

An Act to amend and reenact §8.01-223.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to invocation of constitutional rights in domestic relations cases; adverse inference.
[S 433]

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §8.01-223.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§8.01-223.1. Use of constitutional rights.

In any civil action, the exercise by a party of any constitutional protection shall not be used against him, except that in any civil proceeding for spousal support, custody, or visitation under Title 16.1 or any civil action for divorce or separate maintenance under Title 20 filed on or after July 1, 2020, if a party or witness refuses to answer a question about conduct described in subdivision A (1) of §20-91 or in §18.2-365 on the ground that the testimony might be self-incriminating, the trier of fact may draw an adverse inference from such refusal.