Juveniles; increases minimum age at which a juvenile must be tried as an adult. (HB477)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juveniles; trial as adult. Increases from age 14 to age 16 the minimum age at which a juvenile must be tried as an adult in circuit court for murder or aggravated malicious wounding; however, if the juvenile is 14 years of age or older but younger than 16 years of age the court, on motion of the attorney for the Commonwealth, shall hold a transfer hearing. The minimum age is also raised from 14 to 16 for certain charges requiring notice of intent to try such juvenile as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth. In order to be tried as an adult in circuit court for the charges that under current law require notice of intent to proceed with trial as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth, the bill requires that (i) a report of the juvenile be prepared by the court services unit or other qualified agency and (ii) the attorney for the Commonwealth provide written notice that he intends to proceed with a preliminary hearing for trial of such juvenile as an adult, including affirmation that he has read the report. This bill incorporates HB 1440. Read the Bill »


02/17/2020: Passed the Senate


01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100082D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/27/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20106147D-H1
01/27/2020Incorporates HB1440 (Jones)
01/29/2020Read first time
01/30/2020Read second time
01/30/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106147D-H1
01/30/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB477H1
01/31/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB477H1)
02/12/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Committee substitute printed 20108212D-S1
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/17/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108212D-S1
02/17/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB477S1
02/17/2020Passed Senate with substitute (30-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB477S1)
02/19/2020Placed on Calendar
02/19/2020Passed by for the day

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