- Report Published -
|Implementation of the Family Court|
|Judicial Council of Virginia|
|Chapter 929 (Regular Session, 1993)|
|During the 1993 Session of the General Assembly, the members acted upon the most important piece of legislation presented in this decade to assist Virginians involved in family related issues in the courts. This legislation establishes a family court for Virginia to be effective January 1, 1995. This is accomplished by restructuring the juvenile and domestic relations district court and creating a family court. It is the culmination of years of study on how to best serve Virginia children and families who are in crisis and before the courts. The family court bill is the direct result of two years of pilot testing in ten urban and rural courts across the state during calendar years 1990 and 1991 through the Family Court Pilot Project.|
The Judicial Council of Virginia is required by the family court legislation to oversee the implementation of the family court and to make recommendation to the 1994 Session of the General Assembly which support the financial and personnel requirements of the family court system. This report fulfills this statutory mandate.