Court-appointed counsel; compensation in district court for those defending juvenile offenders. (SB610)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Compensation of court-appointed counsel; juvenile offenders. Provides that court-appointed counsel who are appointed to defend a juvenile in district court for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult may request a waiver on the compensation cap up to certain specified amounts depending on the charges being defended when the effort expended, the time reasonably necessary for the particular representation, the novelty and difficulty of the issues, or other circumstances warrant such a waiver. The maximum amounts of the waivers allowed are fixed at the level of the compensation cap for defending adults of the same crimes in circuit court. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 089838328
01/09/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2008Rereferred to Finance
01/21/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB610)
02/06/2008Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/19/2008Assigned App. sub: General Government (Abbitt)
02/27/2008Reported from Appropriations with amendments (23-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2008Read second time
03/03/2008Read third time
03/03/2008Committee amendments agreed to
03/03/2008Engrossed by House as amended
03/03/2008Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
03/08/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB610ER)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker
03/11/2008Signed by President
03/12/2008Signed by Speaker
03/12/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 760 (effective 7/1/08)
04/01/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB610ER)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB536.


Neal Modi writes:

Why only apply this legislation to juvenile offenders? Virginia ranks last in the country in compensation for court-appointed attorneys representing indigent offenders. I believe our commonwealth should really re-examine our justice system, especially regarding public/court-appointed defenders. Should justice come at a price? The answer is no, therefore this bill should extend to all indigent offenders, not just juveniles.