I mentioned in Gavel to Gavel 5:8 that Virginia appeared to be on its way to a legislative redistricting of the state’s judicial districts/circuits. That effort (HB 1990 and SB 1240) was short circuited at the last minute with the legislature instead sending a letter to the state’s supreme court asking its assistance on the matter.
The result, according to the Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly blog, is a 22-member committee set to study the issue of realignment. (click here for Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser’s letter to the Virginia State Bar on the subject)
According to the VLW blog, “The committee includes Virginia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Walter S. Felton Jr.; eight circuit judges; six general district or J&DR judges; a circuit, a J&DR and a general district clerk; a chief magistrate; and representatives from the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.”
The committee is expected to meet throughout the state and finalize its report by November 1.