Application of foreign law; court decisions will be void as violation of public policy of State. (HB825)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Application of foreign laws.  Prohibits any Virginia court or administrative agency from applying the law of any jurisdiction outside of the United States and its territories unless the application is required by the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Virginia, or any federal or state law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102796D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2012Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/30/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read first time
02/08/2012Passed by for the day
02/09/2012Read second time
02/09/2012Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/09/2012Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/10/2012Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013
02/10/2012Continued to 2013 in Courts of Justice


Charles Swadley writes:

This bill is vigorously opposed in the interfaith community. Strong testimony from the business community, the legal community, and the faith community focused on the unintended consequences and the unnecessary need for this legislation. There has been no clear explanation of why this bill was created. What need has caused the necessity of this bill? International companies may easily find that there is "risk" to come to Virginia with this law in effect. It is unclear how this would impact marriages, adoptions, and other domestic matters for people coming to the US.

Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine writes:

If enacted this bill could constrain religious groups and individuals from executing valid wills, asserting religious liberty claims and enjoying equal access to the state judicial system. It is an unnecessary measure since our federal and state constitutions already offer ample protections against the application of foreign law.