Court-appointed counsel; waivers for compensation. (HB1863)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Compensation of court-appointed counsel; waivers. Allows court-appointed counsel for parents in child welfare cases to submit a waiver application for additional compensation. Amends § 19.2-163, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101958D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/26/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


spotter writes:

The General Assembly should also:

(1) put a cap of $500 on the fees of a guardian ad litem in an adult guardianship case, whether from the court appointed attorney's fund or from the incapacitated person's estate,

(2) require the court appointed attorney fund to FOLLOW THE LAW and compensate the court-appointed attorney for the incapacitated person in an adult guardianship case, and

(3) require that the guardian ad litem "for" the incapacitated person be relieved of duty and immediately removed from the case in the event that the court appoints an attorney for the incapacitated person or in the event that the incapacitated person hires an attorney of his own choosing pursuant to Va. Code section 8.01-9(B).

These measures will save the Commonwealth scarce funds and ensure better representation of incapacitated people in adult guardianship cases.