Jurisdiction of civil claims; amending amount of claim, transfer of matter, etc. (HB1359)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Jurisdiction of civil claims; amending amount of claim. Provides that, while a matter is pending in a circuit court, upon motion of the plaintiff seeking to decrease the amount of the claim to within exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction of the general district court, the circuit court shall order transfer of the matter to the general district court having jurisdiction over the claim without requiring a dismissal of the claim or a nonsuit. The bill provides that the tolling of the applicable statutes of limitations governing the pending matter shall be unaffected by the transfer. The bill further provides that, except for good cause shown, no such order of transfer shall issue unless the motion to amend and transfer is made at least 10 days before trial and requires that the plaintiff shall pay filing and other fees to the clerk of the court to which the case is transferred, prepare and present the order of transfer to the transferring court for entry, and provide a certified copy of the transfer order to the receiving court. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100513D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2020Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20106612D-H1
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106612D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1359H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Reported from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1359ER)
03/03/2020Signed by Speaker
03/04/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 903 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0903)