Court-appointed counsel; court may waive limit on compensation for certain cases. (HB176)

Introduced By

Del. Lacey Putney (I-Bedford) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Criminal procedure; compensation of court-appointed counsel. Authorizes the court, in cases where court-appointed counsel represents a defendant on a felony charge that may be punishable for a period of more than 20 years, to provide additional compensation of up to $850 for such counsel when the time and effort expended, the result obtained, the novelty and difficulty of the issues, or other circumstances warrant such additional compensation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2005Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 062423476
12/30/2005Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2006Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law
01/18/2006Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2006Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2006Assigned App. sub: General Government and Technology (Wardrup)
02/08/2006Reported from Appropriations with amendments (23-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2006Read first time
02/13/2006Read second time
02/13/2006Committee amendments agreed to
02/13/2006Engrossed by House as amended HB176E
02/13/2006Printed as engrossed 062423476-E
02/14/2006Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/14/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/14/2006Communicated to Senate
02/15/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/22/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2006Rereferred to Finance
03/01/2006Continued to 2007 in Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Lloyd Snook writes:

I suppose it is better than the present system, but it is still woefully inadequate. Virginia could double its caps on court-appointed fees and STILL be 51st in the nation!

If you read the entire bill, it only provides for waiving caps. It does NOT mention "additional compensation of up to $850..." Where did that come from in the Summary?