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April 2017 , Page 12 

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NACDL News: NACDL Heartened by Support for Criminal Discovery Reform in Virginia

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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The Virginia Senate passed SB 1563 by a vote of 39-1 on Feb. 7, 2017, but the bill was tabled (by voice vote) in a House subcommittee hearing on February 15, effectively killing it this session. NACDL had urged the Virginia House of Delegates to pass criminal discovery reform legislation to increase fairness and access to justice in the Commonwealth.

Though the bill will not move forward this year, the reform effort, in which NACDL played a significant role, made considerable progress this year, including winning near unanimous support in the Senate and increasing community support for the need for discovery reform in Virginia. At the House Courts of Justice — Criminal Law Subcommittee hearing, several delegates spoke on the need for the Commonwealth’s Attorneys to come to the table and negotiate a solution with the defense. NACDL’s Virginia Fair Trial Coalition will continue efforts toward reform in Virginia’s 2018 legislative session.

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