Bail decision; specifies court which bond amount or term of recognizance should be appealed. (HB291)

Introduced By

Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Appeal of bail decision by attorney for the Commonwealth.  Provides that if a judicial officer (including a magistrate) grants bail to an accused that is deemed inadequate or unreasonable by the attorney for the Commonwealth, the attorney for the Commonwealth may appeal to the court in which the case is pending when bail was granted by a magistrate or, when granted by a court, to the next higher court. Current law limits such appeals to appeals of a court decision only, and only upon objection in court by the attorney for the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103475D
01/11/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/25/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2010Committee substitute printed 10104646D-H1
01/29/2010Read first time
02/01/2010Read second time
02/01/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104646D-H1
02/01/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB291H1
02/02/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/02/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Committee substitute printed 10105972D-S1
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Read third time
03/10/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/10/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105972D-S1
03/10/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB291S1
03/10/2010Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Placed on Calendar
03/11/2010Senate substitute rejected by House 10105972D-S1 (2-Y 94-N)
03/11/2010VOTE: --- REJECTED (2-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010Senate requested conference committee
03/11/2010House acceded to request
03/11/2010Conferees appointed by Senate
03/11/2010Senators: Marsh, Petersen, Quayle
03/11/2010Conferees appointed by House
03/11/2010Delegates: Griffith, Gilbert, Johnson
03/12/2010Conference substitute printed 10106035D-H2
03/12/2010Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2010Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
03/12/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB291ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB291ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 404 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0404)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.