Victim telephone numbers and email addresses; confidentiality of information in criminal cases. (HB840)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Confidentiality of victim telephone numbers and email addresses in criminal cases. Provides that upon request of a crime victim or a witness in a criminal prosecution of a violent felony, law enforcement, the attorney for the Commonwealth, counsel for a defendant, and the Department of Corrections are prohibited from disclosing any telephone number or email address of such victim or witness except to the extent that such disclosure is required by law, necessary for law-enforcement purposes, or permitted by the court. The bill also provides that during any criminal proceeding, upon motion of the defendant or the attorney for the Commonwealth, a judge may prohibit testimony as to any telephone number or email address of a victim or witness if the judge determines that this information is not material under the circumstances of the case. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. This bill is identical to SB 457. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103935D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB840)
01/29/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Read first time
02/01/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Read third time
02/14/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB840ER)
02/16/2018Signed by Speaker
02/19/2018Signed by President
02/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB840ER)
02/19/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2018
02/19/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 26, 2018
02/26/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 47 (effective 7/1/18)
02/26/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0047)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB457.