Juveniles; trial as adult. (SB546)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juveniles; trial as adult. Increases from 14 years of age to 16 years of age 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 concerning 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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102990D
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
02/10/2020Committee substitute printed 20108088D-S1
02/10/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108088D-S1
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB546S1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (31-Y 8-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
02/17/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/19/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108510D-H1
02/21/2020Read second time
02/21/2020Floor substitute printed 20108708D-H2 (Mullin)
02/24/2020Passed by for the day
02/25/2020Passed by for the day
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Passed by temporarily
02/26/2020Committee substitute rejected 20108510D-H1
02/26/2020Substitute by Delegate Mullin agreed to 20108708D-H2
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - floor substitute SB546H2
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (88-Y 10-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (88-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 10-N)
02/28/2020Title replaced 20108510D-H1
02/28/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (32-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Title replaced 20108708D-H2
03/05/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB546ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB546ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/07/2020Signed 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 988 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0988)