Judicial Council of Virginia to Study Expansion of the Court of Appeals' Jurisdiction, Organizat

The most fundamental changes to Virginia's appellate justice system since 1985 are afoot. During its 2020 Session, the General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution No. 47 (“the resolution”). Senator Scott A. Surovell patroned the resolution. The resolution requires the Judicial Council of Virginia (“Judicial Council” or “council”) to “study the jurisdiction and organization of the Court of Appeals of Virginia” and to issue a report. The council must complete its proceedings by November 30, 2020, and issue its report to the General Assembly “no later than the first day of the 2021 Regular Session[.]” For my readers’ convenience I set out the resolution’s full text, below. By way of b

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