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Adopted | revisions to the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service rules of service. Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia April 2019. Effective July 1, 2020.

The Supreme Court of Virginia approved the proposal during its April 2019 business meeting. The new rules are effective July 1, 2020. The revised rules will be posted prior to the effective date.

 


 

Update 10/31/18: By a vote of 54-2, the council approved an amended proposal to codify and revise the existing rules of the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service (VLRS) at Part 6, §IV of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The proposal of the Special Committee on Lawyer Referral recommended changing the VLRS fee structure to a “percentage fee” program. Council amended the proposal to waive the percentage fee on fees of $499 or less collected by panel members from clients. The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

view the petition to the Supreme Court of Virginia (PDF)

view the petition appendix (PDF)

 


Posted August 24, 2018:

The Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Referral (“Committee”) seeks a proposed addition to Part 6, §IV of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The changes would add a Paragraph 23 concerning the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service (VLRS). At its August 9, 2018 meeting, the Committee considered the comments received and voted to release this rule to Council for consideration at its meeting on October 26, 2018.

In 2017, the Committee requested an American Bar Association (ABA) review and audit of the VLRS and its operating model, with a goal of improving the service and making it sustainable. The proposed rule seeks to implement recommendations from the ABA report. 

The rule proposes to codify existing VLRS rules of service, add to them, and change the fee structure of the VLRS to a “percentage fee” program.

Updated: May 30, 2019