Justice system; Virginia State Crime Commission to study effect of abolishing jury sentencing. (SJ39)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Virginia State Crime Commission; effect of abolishing jury sentencing on the justice system; report. Directs the Virginia State Crime Commission to (i) identify the most common charges tried before juries within the Commonwealth and determine the average sentence per charge as recommended by a jury; (ii) compare the jury-recommended sentence to the average sentence for each identified charge, factoring in alternative sentences and suspended time, as determined by a judge during a bench trial; (iii) identify any perceived negative impacts to the judicial system associated with abolishing the practice of jury sentencing and make recommendations as to how these potential negative impacts could be avoided; and (iv) determine the feasibility of abolishing jury sentencing for noncapital offenses within the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104551D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
01/31/2020Reported from Rules
02/03/2020Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2020Passed by for the day
02/06/2020Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
02/27/2020Continued to 2021 in Rules
12/04/2020Left in Rules

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