Discretionary appointment of counsel for child witnesses

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03/23/2023, Legislation, Other subject area

In 2023, the Virginia legislature enacted SB 1033, which amends the civil procedure code to allow the court to appoint an attorney as guardian ad litem on behalf of a minor who is called as a witness if "the circumstances so require." Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-396.2(A).  The law is effective as of July 1, 2023.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes