Police and court records; expungement hearing to occur if person granted writ vacating a conviction. (SB880)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expungement of police and court records. Allows an expungement hearing to occur immediately following an acquittal or dismissal. The bill also provides an automatic expungement if the convicted person has been granted a writ of actual innocence. Read the Bill »


04/04/2007: enacted


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078108724
01/08/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/2007Committee substitute printed 077843724-S1
02/02/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077843724-S1
02/05/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB880S1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/07/2007Placed on Calendar
02/07/2007Read first time
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Read second time
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/2007Engrossed by House as amended
02/21/2007Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB880ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter (effective 7/1/07)
04/04/2007House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 0-N)
04/04/2007G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/04/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Reenrolled bill text (SB880ER2)
04/04/2007Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/04/2007Signed by President as reenrolled
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter 905 (effective 7/1/07)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0905)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2076.


Lloyd Snook writes:

This bill makes good sense, and will hold down the costs of getting an expungement. I have one concern though -- I wish there were some standard set forth as to when expungement would be granted. Right now the standard, de facto, is "It is important enough to me that I am willing to pay a lawyer a bunch of money to go into court, and to do a long,drawn-out process to get it done." That's not a very good standard, but it is better than nothing.