Warrants; issuance for law-enforcement officers by a magistrate. (SB169)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Issuance of warrants by magistrates. Provides that a magistrate may not issue an arrest warrant for a misdemeanor offense where the accused is a law-enforcement officer and the alleged offense arises out of the performance of his public duties upon the basis of a complaint by a person other than a law-enforcement officer or an animal control officer without prior authorization by the attorney for the Commonwealth or by a law-enforcement agency. The bill provides for the appointment of an attorney for the Commonwealth from outside the jurisdiction if a conflict of interest exists for the attorney for the Commonwealth having jurisdiction. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/20/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/20/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101140D
12/20/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/15/2020Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)