Judicial records; admissibility into evidence. (HB1706)

Introduced By

Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Admissibility of judicial records.  Provides that the relevant provisions of 8.01-389, and no other section, govern the admissibility into evidence of records of judicial proceedings and any other official records of any court of the Commonwealth. The bill also provides for what constitutes sufficient certification of a record by the clerk. This bill is in response to the decision of the Supreme Court of Virginia in Waller v. Commonwealth, 278 Va. 731, 685 S.E.2d 48 (2009). Read the Bill »


02/27/2011: failed house


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103229D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/19/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/31/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Read first time
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2011Engrossed by House as amended HB1706E
02/03/2011Printed as engrossed 11103229D-E
02/04/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2011Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/21/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Committee substitute printed 11105477D-S1
02/22/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Read third time
02/23/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/23/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11105477D-S1
02/23/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1706S1
02/23/2011Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Placed on Calendar
02/24/2011Senate substitute rejected by House 11105477D-S1 (0-Y 98-N)
02/24/2011VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Senate requested conference committee
02/24/2011House acceded to request
02/24/2011Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2011Delegates: Merricks, Kilgore, Armstrong
02/24/2011Conferees appointed by Senate
02/24/2011Senators: Edwards, Petersen, Wampler
02/27/2011No further action taken
02/27/2011Failed to pass in House


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.