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Specialty dockets; referrals.

Provides that any court may refer a defendant to a local specialty docket if such specialty docket exists within that jurisdiction. The bill provides that a court that has received a referral shall have jurisdiction over the defendant for any matter that does not dispose of a charge or defense for the duration of the referral and shall enter an order making a recommendation for disposing the matter, including any proposed findings of fact, at the end of the referral or any other time as necessary.

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01/07/2020 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104266D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20104266D
    SENATE BILL NO. 618
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 5 of Chapter 15 of Title 19.2 a section numbered 19.2-266.4, relating to referrals to specialty dockets.
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    Patron-- Deeds
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    Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 5 of Chapter 15 of Title 19.2 a section numbered 19.2-266.4 as follows:

    19.2-266.4. Referrals to specialty dockets from other courts.

    A. If a local specialty docket that has been established in accordance with the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia exists within a jurisdiction, any other court within that jurisdiction may refer any defendant to such specialty docket provided that such defendant meets the criteria to be accepted into such local specialty docket.

    B. The court that has received such referral shall have jurisdiction over the defendant for any matter that does not dispose of a charge or defense for the duration of the referral. Jurisdiction for adjudication and all matters regarding the disposition of the case shall remain with the court making the referral.

    C. At the end of the referral or any other time necessary if the referral needs to be terminated, the court that has received the referral shall enter an order making a recommendation for disposing the matter, including any proposed findings of fact. Within 14 days after entry of such order, any party may file specific written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations with the court making the referral. Failure to object in accordance with this subsection waives a partys right to object to the proposed findings. The referring court shall consider any objection to the proposed findings and recommendations. The referring court may accept, reject, or modify the recommendation or receive further evidence as necessary.

    D. Nothing contained in this section shall confer a right or an expectation for a defendant to be referred to a local specialty docket nor shall it be construed as a requirement for a local specialty docket to accept for participation every defendant.

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    R. Creigh Deeds D-Richmond Sponsor
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    01/07/2020 Senate Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104266D
    01/07/2020 Senate Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
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