Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Domestic Violence - Alleged Victim

Per Va. Code Ann. § 16.1-266.2:


The judges of the juvenile and domestic relations district court of the First and Second Judicial District are authorized to appoint pro bono counsel for alleged victims in family abuse cases in which the court is authorized to issue a preliminary protective order under Section 16.1-253.1, or an emergency protective order under Section 16.1-253.4. Such counsel shall have no prosecutorial authority except as granted in writing by the attorney for the Commonwealth for the jurisdiction in which the representation is to occur.


Any attorney appointed under the provisions of this section shall be a volunteer and serve without compensation and shall be subject to any rules adopted by the court and approved by the Virginia Supreme Court providing for the establishment and conduct of a project providing pro bono services to victims of family abuse.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes