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June 12, 2015

Rule 1:5 Revision Proposal Published for Comment

The Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Council of Virginia seeks comment on the proposed Rule 1:5 revision set forth below. The proposed changes seek to address three commonly occurring issues when a party is proceeding pro se or becomes pro se in the course of a case. First, difficulties arise in determining who is “counsel of record” in instances where an unrepresented party endorses a draft order but files no other formal appearance. Second, a lack of an address of record or a current address for parties proceeding or becoming pro se can prevent proper case administration and notice. Finally, similar administrative and notice problems arise when an attorney is representing a party and then seeks permission to withdraw, but no substitute contact information is provided for either new counsel or the party previously represented. 

Download proposed Rule 1:5 revision (PDF file)

Comments on this proposed amendment to Rule 1:5 Counsel should be sent by July 30, 2015 to: 

Advisory Committee on Rules of Court 
c/o Steven DalleMura 
Office of the Executive Secretary 
Supreme Court of Virginia 
100 North Ninth St. 
Richmond, VA 23219 

OR via email with the subject line: "comment on proposed revision of Rule 1:5" to: proposedrules@courts.state.va.us

Updated: Jun 24, 2015