Court Names Criminal Discovery Panel
Court names criminal discovery study panel
The Supreme Court of Virginia has named a 23-member committee to consider proposed changes to the rule for criminal discovery.
The committee is chaired by Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas D. Horne, who also has chaired panels studying judicial boundaries and judicial workloads.
The courtвЂ™s study panel follows a call for reform this year from an Indigent Defense Task Force established by the Virginia State Bar. That report was criticized as one-sided by prosecutors, who abandoned the study effort with complaints that the task force was dominated by defense lawyers.
At issue is whether prosecutors should have to allow access to routine police reports, among other matters. Currently, Rule 3A:11 provides access only to scientific reports prepared for law enforcement.
The courtвЂ™s newly appointed committee includes prosecutors and defense lawyers, along with five judges, two lawyer-legislators, two law professors, and representatives of the attorney generalвЂ™s office, the state police, local police chiefs, sheriffs, the state crime lab, and a victim-witness program. Also on board is VSB Ethics Counsel James M. McCauley.
The court did not provide information about a timeline for making recommendations or whether the committee will solicit additional comments from the public. The task force recommendation was twice put out for comments and produced scores of responses both times.
The following are members of the committee:
вЂўCircuit Judge Thomas D. Horne, Chair
вЂўDel. Robert B. Bell, R-Charlottesville
вЂўVirginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr.
вЂўCircuit Judge Marjorie T. Arrington
вЂўCircuit Judge Randy I. Bellows
вЂўCircuit Judge Michael L. Moore
вЂўSen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross
вЂўRoanoke lawyer Thomas J. Bondurant Jr.
вЂўRichmond CommonwealthвЂ™s Attorney Michael N. Herring
вЂўLeesburg Deputy Public Defender Bonnie Hoffman
вЂўLynchburg CommonwealthвЂ™s Attorney Michael R. Doucette
вЂўFloyd County CommonwealthвЂ™s Attorney Stephanie Murray Shortt
вЂўSenior Asst. Attorney General Virginia B. Theisen
вЂўWashington & Lee University law Prof. David I. Bruck
вЂўVirginia M. Coscia, Director of the Fredericksburg Victim Witness Assistance Program
вЂўSara N. Poole, Office of Legal Affairs, Department of State Police
вЂўStephanie Merritt, Department Counsel, Department of Forensic Science
вЂўUniversity of Richmond law Prof. John G. Douglass
вЂўDouglas A. Ramseur, Capital Defender for the Southeastern Region
вЂўLeesburg lawyer Alex N. Levay
вЂўCharlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr.
вЂўVSB Ethics Counsel James McCauley
вЂўWashington County SheriffвЂ™s Major Jack Davidson