Magistrates; appointment and supervision. (HB1088)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Magistrates; appointment and supervision. Reinstates supervisory control over the magistrate system with the chief circuit court judge and the Committee on District Courts and abolishes magisterial regions. In 2008, appointment of and supervisory authority over magistrates was transferred to the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court with a provision for consultation with the chief judges of the circuit courts in the region where the appointment is made. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102989D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2016Assigned to sub: Criminal Law
01/20/2016Assigned App. sub: Criminal Law
01/20/2016Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/27/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 4-N)
02/01/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1088)
02/08/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 3-N)
02/10/2016Committee substitute printed 16105434D-H1
02/10/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/2016Left in Appropriations


Jenny writes:

I really do not understand the purpose of this Bill. I work within and around the criminal justice system. The changes made in 2008 to the magistrate system were for the better. The majority of CAs, LEOs, and all of the Judges (I am told) wish for it to remain the same. The magistrates are better educated and trained and there is no question that the magistrates are impartial. This Bill would put the magistrates under local judges and local judges are appointed by the General Assembly. Hmmm, I wonder what the goal is?