Civil cases; time limit for those held under advisement. (SB563)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cases held under advisement; time limit. Provides that whenever a judge of a circuit court holds a civil case under advisement for more than 90 days after final submission of the case, the court shall report, in writing, to the parties or their counsel an expected time of a decision. If such a judge (i) holds a civil case under advisement for more than 90 days, (ii) fails to make the required written report, or (iii) fails to render a decision within the expected time stated in the report, any party may notify the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice, or any justice designated by him, shall then inquire into the cause of the delay and may designate a judge or retired judge of a court of record or take other appropriate action to assist the regular judge in the performance of his duties. Current law only provides that the Chief Justice, or any justice designated by him, shall inquire into the cause of a delay if a civil case has been held under advisement for an unreasonable length of time. This bill is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080207400
01/09/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/11/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Read second time
02/12/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/12/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/12/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB563E
02/12/2008Printed as engrossed 080207400-E
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to House
02/14/2008Placed on Calendar
02/14/2008Read first time
02/14/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/29/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (21-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read second time
03/05/2008Read third time
03/05/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB563ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
04/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 813 (effective 7/1/08)