Court appearance of a person not free on bail; changes to provisions regarding bail hearings, etc. (SB475)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Court appearance of a person not free on bail. Makes various changes to provisions regarding bail hearings, including (i) the appointment of counsel for the accused, (ii) the information provided to counsel for the accused, (iii) a requirement that counsel for the accused be provided with adequate time to confer with the accused prior to any bail hearing, and (iv) the compensation of counsel for the accused. Effective in due course, the bill provides that the chief judge in each circuit shall create a plan to be completed by October 1, 2022, that establishes the means by which the jurisdiction will meet these requirements. The remainder of the bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. Read the Bill »


02/07/2022: passed committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101039D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/31/2022Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Judiciary with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Continued to 2023 in Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB369.


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

SUPPORT this bill that helps assure a more level playing field in criminal proceedings by ensuring that defendents have counsel at their first appearance in court when bail is being considered. Commonwealth's Attorneys are opposing this bill.