Judges; maximum number each judicial district and circuit. (HB310)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Maximum number of judges in each judicial district and circuit. Increases by one the maximum number of authorized juvenile and domestic relations district court judges in the Twentieth and Thirty-first Judicial Districts. The bill also increases by one the maximum number of authorized circuit court judges in the First, Ninth, Fifteenth, and Twenty-fifth Judicial Circuits. This bill is a recommendation of the Committee on District Courts and the Judicial Council of Virginia. This bill incorporates HB 154 and HB 717 and is identical to SB 710. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the total cost associated with the bill to increase the maximum number of authorized judgeships is as follows: - Total Cost FY2025: $1,922,782 - Total Cost FY2026: $1,902,982

Fiscal impact statement automatically summarized by OpenAI.


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103271D
01/05/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB310)
02/02/2024Assigned Courts sub: Judicial
02/05/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24107130D-H1
02/07/2024Incorporates HB154 (Green)
02/07/2024Incorporates HB717 (Torian)
02/07/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2024Assigned App. sub: General Government and Capital Outlay
02/09/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/09/2024Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB310H1)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107130D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB310H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/21/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/27/2024Committee substitute printed 24108305D-S1
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB310S1)
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Committee amendment rejected
02/28/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108305D-S1 (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB310S1
02/28/2024Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Senate substitute rejected by House 24108305D-S1 (1-Y 94-N)
03/01/2024VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/06/2024House acceded to request
03/06/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2024Delegates: Hope, Callsen, Batten
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Deeds, Carroll Foy, Obenshain
03/08/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB310ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB310ER)
04/05/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 525 (effective 7/1/24)

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