Parental rights; appeal when terminated. (HB274)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Termination of parental rights; appeal. Allows a person whose parental rights have been terminated by a ruling of the juvenile and domestic relations district court to appeal the matter directly to the court of appeals as opposed to appealing the matter to the circuit court. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086981752
01/02/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/21/2008Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice


spotter writes:

If this passes, an appeal of a termination of parental rights case will go straight from Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, a court not of record, to the Court of Appeals. What record will the Court of Appeals have available to conduct its review? Shouldn't there be some provision for a court reporter and for preservation of the record in Juvenile Court?

Marsha Maines writes:

"everything" done in JDR Courts as it relates to 'visitation', 'support' or 'custody' SHOULD be held with a Court Reporter AND SHOULD have appeals directly to the Court of Appeals..