Magistrate; may issue arrest warrants for a felony only if complaint by law-enforcement officer. (HB1286)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from co-patrons Del. Robin Abbott (D-Newport News), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), and Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restrictions on issuance of process of arrest by a magistrate.  Provides that a magistrate may not issue an arrest warrant for a felony offense upon the basis of a complaint by a person other than a law-enforcement officer without prior authorization by the attorney for the Commonwealth or, if no attorney for the Commonwealth is available, without prior authorization by a law-enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the alleged offense. Current law requires only consultation with the attorney for the Commonwealth or, if he is unavailable, consultation with the law-enforcement agency. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104087D
01/21/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/08/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2010Left in Courts of Justice