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November 01, 2018

Supreme Court of Virginia Amends Rules of Court

On October 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Virginia amended rules of court governing counsel and appearing without counsel, computation of response dates, service of papers after the initial process, general provisions of discovery, the production by parties of documents at trial, transcript record on appeal, and petition for appeal.

Effective January 1, 2019, the changes make minor edits to Rules 1:5, 1:7, 1:12, 4:1, 4:9, 5:11, 5:17, 5A:8, and 5A:12. 

Notably, the amendments to Rule 1:5 will allow attorneys employed by legal aid and pro bono attorneys acting on a referral from a Qualified Legal Services Provider to file notices of limited scope appearance for just a part of a pending litigation, with a right to withdraw once they’ve completed the limited scope representation. The amendments complement Rule 1.2 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct and add transparency to the process within the courtroom.

Read the changes here

Updated: Nov 01, 2018