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November 13, 2020

VSB Seeks Comments on Changes to the Rules of Court Regarding RESA and Legal Aid Societies

Additional Info

The language of the two paragraphs can be found in the documentation below with deletions indicated with strikethrough and insertions underlined.

view proposed Paragraph 24
Real Estate Settlement Agents Regulations (PDF)

view proposed Paragraph 25
Legal Aid Societies (PDF)

The VSB is seeking comments on proposed additions to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Paragraphs 24 and 25, regarding Real Estate Settlement Agents (RESA) Regulations and Legal Aid Societies, respectively.

These proposed additions to the Rules of Court add two new paragraphs to Part 6, Section IV, concerning the Integration of the State Bar, by replicating regulations currently included in the Virginia Administrative Code (VAC). If adopted by the Supreme Court, the VSB will seek to remove the regulations from the VAC.

The additions are meant to remove regulations pertaining to lawyers and the practice of law from the Virginia Administrative Code in favor of the Court’s Rules.

Proposed Paragraph 24, concerning RESA, is a nearly verbatim duplication of the language found in the VAC at 15VAC5-80-10, et. seq. 

Proposed Paragraph 25, regarding Legal Aid Societies, is a substantially similar duplication of the language found in the VAC at 15VAC5-10-10, et seq. Minor edits to proposed Paragraph 25 were made at the request of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia.

Inspection and Comment

Any individual, business, or other entity may file written comments in support of or in opposition to the proposed changes with Karen A. Gould, executive director of the Virginia State Bar, not later than January 8, 2021. Comments may be submitted by mail to 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026 or by email to

Updated: Nov 24, 2020