Special justices; required to complete minimum training program. (SB214)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special justices; training. Provides that all special justices, upon their appointment or reappointment, are required to complete the minimum training program prescribed by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court. Currently, only special justices who are appointed on or after January 1, 1996, are required to complete this program. The bill also requires all special justices to complete annually six hours of continuing legal education directly related to their duties. Such education is to be developed or approved by the Executive Secretary and shall be considered an approved Continuing Legal Education course for the purposes of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Rule of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080238228
01/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Assigned Courts sub: Special on Proposed Mental Health Legislation
01/28/2008Passed by in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2008Subject matter referred to Commission on Mental Health Law Reform pursuant to Senate Rule 20 (L)


Alison Hymes writes:

This is a start, but it is not enough. The current training is an old video. Special justices lack knowledge of mental health, consumer viewpoints, trauma's impact on behavior and psychiatric illness, choices other than drugs and confinement, alternatives and most of all they do not have enough training in the equality of citizens with psychiatric diagnoses.