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We have some disappointing news from our local delegate Randy Minchew. As many of you know, Loudoun County received funding for a sorely needed fourth Circuit Court Judge in 2015 and as a result, Judge Douglas Fleming was appointed to the Bench, easing the caseload of the other judges and resulting in better case management and efficiency for the firm's clients. With the recent retirement of Judge Burke McCahill, the State Senate has voted to cut the funding for a fourth judge for Loudoun County. This is devastating news for litigants and our clients particularly since time is of the essence in many domestic relations cases.
I have posted below Delegate Minchew's letter to the Loudoun County Bar Association in its entirety. The best we can recommend is to contact your local elected officials and make your thoughts known.
Please see the following message from Delegate Randy Minchew:
Dear Members of the Loudoun County Bar Association,
Late last night, the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee released its proposed reconciled budget and I feel compelled to give you the bad news before you hear it elsewhere.
As discussed in my last e-mail to you, the House version of the Budget (HB 1500) provided funding for this vacant 20th Judicial Circuit judgeship, formerly held by Judge McCahill, but the Senate version (SB 900) did not. During the budget reconciliation negotiations, the Senate Budget conference committee members held firm to their desire to defund this Loudoun-based judgeship. The preferences of the Senate Budget conference committee members prevailed in the end.
Here is a link to the Judicial Department section of the Budget Conference Report:
As a result of this ill-conceived and imprudent action, the third most-populous county in Virginia has lost 25% of its judicial workforce and will now have only three resident circuit court judges to handle a complex and growing docket. I fear that this reduction in Loudoun judicial force will most certainly lead to a postponement of the proposed establishment of a remedial drug court in Loudoun County given the judicial time commitments required to run such a program.
I do not know what steps are available to remedy this, other than wait for the 2018-2020 Biennial Budget process and hope that funding can be restored effective July 1, 2018.
But, together with the other ten members of the Loudoun delegation, we will investigate all available options and continue the fight.
What is truly maddening about this is that this judgeship was funded in the 2016-2018 Biennial Budget approved last year but was stricken as part of the cost-reductions done in this year's budget. The Senate Budget conference committee members basically took advantage of Judge McCahill's December 2016 retirement to defund this much-needed judgeship.
I am completing my 6th year in the General Assembly and I do not recall anything more disappointing than what I learned late last night when I read this budget conference committee report.
If I had any suspicion that this Loudoun Circuit Court judicial defunding might occur, I would have asked Judge McCahill to hold off on his retirement until after the General Assembly adjourned its 2017 Session so that a gubernatorial recess appointment could occur. I do not think that the Senate Budget conference committee members would have chosen to defund a Loudoun Circuit Court judgeship that was filled by a working judge.
Senator Wexton did all she could, including having the guts to file a Floor Amendment to SB 900.
Generally speaking, a Floor Amendment to the Budget approved by the Senate Finance Committee or the House Appropriations Committee is as welcome as is a comment to young parents that their baby has a wart on its face.
I have filed a few Floor Amendments over the years and each one has earned me the umbrage of the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Lastly, while it does not ameliorate the sting of this judgeship defunding, I am happy to report that the Loudoun County Bar Association's recommended candidate for this authorized, but now-defunded judgeship, Alex Levay, had an outstanding interview before the Judicial Panel last Friday and, despite the lack of funding for his intended judgeship, will be certified this week as having all of the requisite credentials, sound character, and qualifications to serve as a circuit court judge.
J. Randall Minchew
Member, 10th District
Virginia House of Delegates
P.O. Box 385
Leesburg, Virginia 20178
804-698-1010 (Capitol, Richmond)
703-777-1570 (District Office)
Serving parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties
budget.lis.virginia.gov 1. Circuit Court judgeships: one each in the 3rd, 6th, 7th Circuits, and two in the 19th Circuit, for a total of five Circuit Court judgeships to be filled as of July 1, 2017.
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