Mental health courts; definition, district and circuit courts may establish in any jurisdiction. (SB158)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mental health courts. Allows the establishment of mental health courts as specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia's court system, offering judicial monitoring of the treatment and supervision of individuals with mental illness who have pending criminal charges. Localities intending to establish mental health courts are required to establish advisory committees. The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court is required to apply for any federal grants or other funding available to establish mental health courts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100305D
01/11/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2010Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Rereferred to Finance
02/08/2010Committee substitute printed 10104744D-S1
02/11/2010Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Read second time
02/16/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104744D-S1
02/16/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB158S1
02/16/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Placed on Calendar
02/17/2010Read first time
02/17/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2010Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
03/05/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
03/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Committee substitute printed 10105759D-H1
03/09/2010Read second time
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (96-Y 0-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: --- AGREE TO (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Motion to reconsider constitutional reading dispensed agreed to
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (94-Y 0-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION #2 (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105759D-H1
03/09/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB158H1
03/09/2010Passed House with substitute (83-Y 11-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (83-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010House insisted on substitute
03/11/2010House requested conference committee
03/11/2010Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010Conferees appointed by Senate
03/11/2010Senators: Edwards, Quayle, Petersen
03/11/2010Conferees appointed by House
03/11/2010Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Cline, McClellan
03/14/2010No further action taken
03/14/2010Failed to pass in Senate


This bill mentions James River, Richmond.


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 45 seconds.