Protective orders; contents of preliminary orders, docketing of appeal. (SB1540)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Protective orders; contents of preliminary protective orders; docketing of appeal. Provides that if a preliminary protective order is issued in an ex parte hearing where the petition for the order is supported by sworn testimony and not an affidavit or a form completed by a law-enforcement officer that includes a statement of the grounds for the order, the court issuing the order shall state in the order the basis on which the order was entered, including a summary of the allegations made and the court's findings. The bill also requires that an appeal of a permanent protective order be docketed within 48 hours of receipt of such appeal. Under current law, such appeals are to be given precedence on the docket of the court over other civil appeals but otherwise docketed and processed in the same manner as other civil cases. The bill also provides that any affidavit submitted by a non-English-speaking person in support of a preliminary protective order petition shall be translated by a qualified translator no later than the close of business on the next business day following the submission of the affidavit. Amends § 16.1-112, § 16.1-253.1, § 16.1-296, § 19.2-152.9, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104061D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Courts of Justice committee on 01/21/2019. It meets on Monday, 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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