Court appearance of a person not free on bail; informed of right to counsel. (HB820)

Introduced By

Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Court appearance of a person not free on bail. Makes various changes to provisions regarding bail hearings, including (i) the appointment of counsel for the accused, (ii) the information provided to accused's counsel, (iii) a requirement that counsel for the accused be provided with adequate time to confer with the accused prior to any bail hearing, and (iv) the compensation of counsel for the accused. Effective in due course, the bill provides that the chief judge in each circuit shall create a plan to be completed by October 1, 2020, that establishes the means by which the jurisdiction will meet these requirements. The remainder of the bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103172D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020Left in Appropriations