Virginia Appellate Rule Changes Effective July 1, 2015– What’s Now Different?

The first of July each year normally represents the “effective date” of the General Assembly’s newly enacted laws. This year, that date signifies even more. The Virginia Supreme Court, pursuant to its rule-making power under Va. Code §8.01-3, periodically revises the “rules of practice” for Virginia’s court system. Several such rule revisions for the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia (Part 5), and the Rules of the Court of Appeals of Virginia (Part 5A), commenced their applicability on July 1, 2015. “Oh, no!,” you say, “What now?” Well, in fact, the amendments and additions make good sense. In general, they streamline aspects of appellate practice, and in some measure embrace our “

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