Involuntary commitment hearing; upon request, district court judge, etc. may restrict attendance. (SB1080)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary commitment; place of hearing. Provides that, upon the request of the respondent or his attorney, a district court judge or special justice may restrict attendance at an involuntary commitment hearing to persons whose participation is required for proper conduct of the hearing and those whose presence is requested by the respondent upon a finding that (i) such restriction is necessary to protect the respondent's health, safety, or privacy and (ii) the respondent's interest in the restriction outweighs the public's interest in attendance by any person who would be excluded. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 093194248
01/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/14/2009Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 091454248-S1
02/06/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 091454248-S1
02/09/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1080S1
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2009Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2156.


Alison H., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Thank you House Courts of Justice Committee! :)

Alison Hymes writes:

Commitment hearings were opened up for good reason by the General Assembly in the '90's. Secret courts can not long be fair courts and abuses will occur if the public including the press and advocates can not keep an eye on the process as it unfolds. The respondent can already request to have the hearing closed, giving special justices this power and attorneys is a very bad idea that will put us back where we were years ago and is anti-American.

Alison Hymes writes:

Thank you House Courts of Justice for preventing abuses of the commitment process and not allowing secret courts in Virginia!