Judges; retired from circuit court, etc., qualifications. (SB939)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Retired circuit court judges, Court of Appeals judges, and Supreme Court justices under recall; qualification by Committees for Courts of Justice. Requires that retired circuit court judges sitting as substitutes be found qualified every three years by the Senate and House Committees for Courts of Justice instead of authorized by the Chief Justice. The bill also removes the requirement that retired Court of Appeals judges and Supreme Court justices shall be recalled pursuant to § 17.1-106. The bill provides that Court of Appeals judges and Supreme Court justices retired under the Judicial Retirement System (§ 51.1-300 et seq.) shall be subject to recall with the consent of a majority of the members of the respective court. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2019.


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18103874D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB939)
01/31/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Committee substitute printed 18106490D-S1
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Read second time
02/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106490D-S1
02/05/2018Passed by for the day
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Reading of amendments waived
02/06/2018Amendments by Senator Stuart agreed to
02/06/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB939ES1
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB939S1)
02/06/2018Printed as engrossed 18106490D-ES1
02/07/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB939ES1)
02/07/2018Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Placed on Calendar
02/14/2018Read first time
02/14/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #3
02/21/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Read second time
02/28/2018Read third time
02/28/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB939ER)
03/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB939ER)
03/05/2018Signed by Speaker
03/08/2018Signed by President
03/14/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 14, 2018
03/14/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 709 (effective 7/1/19)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0709)