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Virginia Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    ¶ Opinions: Supreme CourtCourt of Appeals … [Lawyers Weekly]


Virginia Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Va. Const.)

  2. Bills

    See also the Virginia General Assembly web site.
  3. Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Va. Acts)

    These are session laws, called “chaptered bills” in Virginia, and they are available also in PDF files.
  4. Code of Virginia (Va. Code)


Virginia Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure

    Rules for Virginia state courts are not available on the internet.


Virginia Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Virginia Administrative Code (Va. Admin. Code)
    2. Virginia Register of Regulations (Va. Regs. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Va. Att’y Gen.)


Virginia Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Virginia Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Virginia law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Army Lawyer, The (Army Law.) … [Army Judge Advocate General Sch. / Library of Congress]
    2. Civil Rights Law Journal (Civ. Rts. L.J. … [George Mason Univ. Sch. of Law]
    3. Developments in Mental Health Law (Devs. Mental Health L.) … [Univ. of Virginia, Inst. of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy]
    4. Environmental Law and Policy Review (Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev.) … [Coll. of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe Sch. of Law]
    5. Environmental Law News (Envtl. L. News) … [Virginia State Bar, Environmental Law Section / Washington & Lee Univ. Sch. of Law]
    6. George Mason Law Review (Geo. Mason L. Rev.)
    7. Journal of Global Law and Business (J. Global L. & Bus.) … [T.C. Williams Sch. of Law / Univ. of Richmond]
    8. Justice System Journal (Just. Sys. J.) … [National Center for State Courts]
    9. Military Law Review (Mil. L. Rev.) … [Army Judge Advocate General Sch. / Library of Congress]
    10. Regent University Law Review (Regent U. L. Rev.)
    11. Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest (Rich. J.L. & Pub. Interest) … [T.C. Williams Sch. of Law / Univ. of Richmond]
    12. Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (Rich. J.L. & Tech.) … [T.C. Williams Sch. of Law / Univ. of Richmond]
    13. Virginia Journal of Law and Technology (Va. J. L. & Tech.)
    14. Virginia Law Review (Va. L. Rev.)
    15. William and Mary Law Review (Wm. & Mary L. Rev.)


    Other Virginia Commentary

    1. Appellate Advocacy in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Virginia (1998) … [Virginia State Bar] — This handbook, in a PDF file, “is designed to assist members of the bar in preparing themselves for argument in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Virginia. It contains suggestions and information which may promote efficiency and improve appellate advocacy in these courts.”

    2. Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings Regarding Incapacitated Adults (n.d.) … [Virginia State Bar] — This publication addresses frequently asked questions relating to the guardianship/conservatorship appointment process and is intended “to educate petitioners, guardians ad litem, attorneys, evaluators, guardians, and conservators.”

    3. Guide to Doing Business in Virginia. McGuireWoods LLP. … [Lex Mundi]


    Virginia Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Virginia Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers
      See also court web sites, above.


    Virginia Forms

    1. Court Forms
      1. Virginia Courts
      2. U.S Courts
      3. Bankruptcy Court—Eastern District Forms

    2. State Agency Forms
      1. Corporation Commission
      2. Taxation Department
      3. Tax Forms

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Virginia Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries
      See also a directory of Virginia city and county public law libraries.

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Virginia State Bar
    3. Senior Citizens’ Handbook
    4. So You're 18Ahora que usted cumpli los 18 aos
    5. How to File a Misconduct Inquiry About a Lawyer
    6. Public Information Pamphlets
    7. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Virginia Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Virginia law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Virginia.

    8. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Virginia Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.

      Additional Resources
      ¶ Arlington County Bar Association — Lawyer Referral Service



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