Magistrates; appointment and supervision. (HB594)

Introduced By

Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Magistrates; appointment and supervision. Gives supervisory control over the magistrate system to the chief circuit court judge and the Committee on District Courts and abolishes magisterial regions. Under current law, the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court exercises such authority with a provision for consultation with the chief judges of the circuit courts in the region where the appointment is made. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102995D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #3
02/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB594)
02/04/2022Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
02/15/2022Left in Courts of Justice



A modification of this bill could easily pass.
#1) Magistrate ELECTIONS should be held in EACH COUNTY every SIX years.
#2) Magistrates shall post their PERSONAL BOND for Deposit with the Treasurer of Commonwealth of Virginia
along with a copy of their Professional E & O Insurance Policy to secure their Oath to the Constitution of Virginia as well as their de facto statutory decisions for courts not of record.
#3) all Magistrate candidates MUST possess a Notary Public Commission prior to Counter-Signing ANY local law enforcement personnell's "affidavits" of complaints they Originate with Other citizens' Personally Identifiable Taxpayer Information used to Originate PUBLIC DEBT contracts for local district court UNSECURED collections.
#4) any documents Signed by a Magistrate without FIRST having an Appearance Bond Deposited to a district court clerk, will be SECURED AGAINST the Magistrates' own Personal Bond.

Any district court clerks in possession of records older than three years old, will automatically transfer to the Circuit Court Clerks with the ABSTRACTS OF JUDGMENT RECORD for the Court of Record to Certify and ACTIVATE PUBLIC DEBT COLLECTION ACTIVITY via IRS MANDATORY 1099OID reporting.