Personal appearance by two-way electronic video and audio communication; entry of plea. (SB1242)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Personal appearance by two-way electronic video and audio communication; entry of plea, nolle prosequi, or dismissal; revocation proceedings. Provides that with the consent of the court and all parties, an appearance in a court may be made by two-way electronic video and audio communication for the purpose of (i) entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere and the related sentencing of the defendant charged with a misdemeanor or felony, (ii) entry of a nolle prosequi or dismissal, or (iii) a revocation proceeding. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Judicial Council of Virginia and the Committee on District Courts. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101001D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/20/2021Reported from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/09/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/10/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
02/12/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/17/2021Passed House with amendments (77-Y 22-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption (77-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1242ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1242ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 86 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0086)