Mental health courts; Office of Ex. Secretary of Supreme Court to establish for nonviolent offender. (SB854)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health courts; pilot program. Directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to establish by January 1, 2010, no less than two and no more than five mental health courts in Virginia for nonviolent offenders with serious mental illnesses. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09
12/29/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091508228
12/29/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/27/2009Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
01/29/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB854)
02/04/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 091455228-S1
02/04/2009Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2009Reported from Finance with amendment (9-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time
02/10/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2009Committee substitute agreed to 091455228-S1
02/10/2009Reading of amendment waived
02/10/2009Committee amendment agreed to
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB854ES1
02/10/2009Printed as engrossed 091455228-ES1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB854ES1)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/24/2009Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 14 minutes.