HB1238: Timeliness of indictments; discharge from jail.


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to amend and reenact § 19.2-242 of the Code of Virginia, relating to timeliness of indictments; discharge from jail.
[H 1238]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 19.2-242 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 19.2-242. Accused discharged from jail if not indicted in time.

A person in jail on a criminal charge that has been certified or otherwise transferred from a district court to a circuit court shall be discharged from imprisonment if a presentment, indictment or information be not found or filed against him before the end of the second term of the court at which he is held to answer, unless it appear to the court that material witnesses for the Commonwealth have been enticed or kept away or are prevented from attendance by sickness or inevitable accident, and except, also, in the cases provided in §§ 19.2-168.1 and 19.2-169.1. A discharge under the provisions of this section shall not, however, prevent a reincarceration after a presentment or indictment has been found.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1238
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee for Courts of Justice
on February 5, 2018)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Cline)
A BILL to amend and reenact § 19.2-242 of the Code of Virginia, relating to timeliness of indictments; discharge from jail.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 19.2-242 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 19.2-242. Accused discharged from jail if not indicted in time.

A person in jail on a criminal charge that has been certified or otherwise transferred from a district court to a circuit court shall be discharged from imprisonment if a presentment, indictment or information be not found or filed against him before the end of the second term of the court at which he is held to answer, unless it appear to the court that material witnesses for the Commonwealth have been enticed or kept away or are prevented from attendance by sickness or inevitable accident, and except, also, in the cases provided in §§ 19.2-168.1 and 19.2-169.1. A discharge under the provisions of this section shall not, however, prevent a reincarceration after a presentment or indictment has been found.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1238

Offered January 10, 2018
Prefiled January 10, 2018
A BILL to repeal § 19.2-242 of the Code of Virginia, relating to timeliness of indictments; discharge from jail.
Patron-- Cline

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 19.2-242 of the Code of Virginia is repealed.