Juveniles; any transfer to circuit court shall include ancillary charges. (HB911)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transfers of juveniles to circuit court; ancillary charges.  Clarifies that if a case against a juvenile 14 years of age or older for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult is transferred from the juvenile and domestic relations district court to the circuit court, all ancillary charges to that offense, even though they may not be felonies, are likewise transferred. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102929D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/22/2010Impact statement from VCSC (HB911)
02/01/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
02/03/2010Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Read first time
02/09/2010Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2010Read third time and passed House (73-Y 25-N)
02/10/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (73-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/24/2010Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)


Linda writes:

This is unwise. Fourteen year olds can have status offenses like smoking or curfew as the ancillary charges. The circuit court's function is penal in nature. Why would a status offense be treated as serious offenses that an adult may do? The discretion should be in the hands of the defense attorney if he/she wishes to appeal the charge to bring it before the circuit court and not for the Commonwealth attorney to use against a juvenile as a bargaining chip.