Criminal cases; authority to defer and dismiss. (SB489)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Authority to defer and dismiss a criminal case. Provides that a trial court presiding in a criminal case may, after any plea or trial, with or without a determination, finding, or pronouncement of guilt, and notwithstanding the entry of a conviction order, upon consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, upon its own motion with the consent of the defendant, or with the agreement of the defendant and the Commonwealth, defer proceedings, defer entry of a conviction order, if none, or defer entry of a final order, and continue the case for final disposition, on such reasonable terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the parties and placed on the record, or if there is no agreement, as may be imposed by the court. The bill provides that final disposition may include (i) conviction of the original charge, (ii) conviction of an alternative charge, or (iii) dismissal of the proceedings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104671D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/24/2020Assigned Juciciary sub: Criminal Law
01/24/2020Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/05/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20105897D-S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105897D-S1
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB489S1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
03/02/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Committee substitute printed 20109422D-H1
03/04/2020Read second time
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109422D-H1
03/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB489H1
03/05/2020Passed House with substitute (59-Y 40-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Passage (59-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020House insisted on substitute
03/05/2020House requested conference committee
03/05/2020Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Surovell, Deeds, Stanley
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Watts, Scott, Collins
03/12/2020No further action taken
03/12/2020Failed to pass in Senate