|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Libraries; assessment for costs in civil actions, disbursement for law libraries.
Increases from $4 to $7 the maximum assessment a county, city, or town may make as part of the costs incident to each civil action filed in the courts located within its boundaries. Such funds are disbursed by a locality's governing body for the establishment, use, and maintenance of its law library.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 42.1-70 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 42.1-70. Assessment for law library as part of costs in civil actions; contributions from bar associations.
Any county, city or town may, through its governing body,
assess, as part of the costs incident to each civil action filed in the courts
located within its boundaries, a sum not in excess of
four dollars $7.
The imposition of such assessment shall be by ordinance of the
governing body, which ordinance may provide for different sums in circuit
courts and district courts, and the assessment shall be collected by the clerk
of the court in which the action is filed
and remitted to the treasurer of such county, city or town and held by such
treasurer subject to disbursements by the governing body for the acquisition of
(i) law books, law periodicals and, computer legal research
services , and
computer terminals for offsite placement to maximize access to the law library
by the public ,
and (ii) equipment for the establishment, use and maintenance of a law library
which shall be open for the use of the public at hours convenient to the
public. In addition to the acquisition of law books, law periodicals and
computer legal research services and equipment, the disbursements may include
compensation to be paid to librarians and other necessary staff for the
maintenance of such library and acquisition of suitable quarters for such
library. The compensation of such librarians and the necessary staff and the
cost of suitable quarters for such library shall be fixed by the governing body
and paid out of the fund created by the imposition of such assessment of cost.
Such libraries, pursuant to rules of the Supreme Court and at costs to such libraries,
may have access to computer research services of the State Law Library.
Disbursements may be made to purchase or lease computer terminals for the
purpose of retaining such research services. The assessment provided for herein
shall be in addition to all other costs prescribed by law ,
but shall not apply to any action in which the Commonwealth or any political
subdivision thereof or the federal government is a party and in which the costs
are assessed against the Commonwealth, political subdivision thereof, or
federal government. The governing body is authorized to accept contributions to
the fund from any bar association.
Any such library established in the County of Wythe shall be located only in a town which is the seat of the county government.
|01/30/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology|
|01/29/2020||House||House: VOTE: Passage (64-Y 35-N)|
|01/23/2020||House||House: Reported from General Laws (17-Y 4-N)|
|01/21/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)|
|01/17/2020||House||House: Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement|
|12/26/2019||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101008D|
|12/26/2019||House||House: Referred to Committee on General Laws|