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Va. chief justice names commission members

Friday - 12/6/2013, 3:59am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn will chair a commission to recommend ways to improve legal services for low-income residents in civil cases.

Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser announced the appointment of Goodwyn and the rest of the 18-member Access to Justice Commission this week. Blue Ridge Legal Services executive director John Whitfield will serve as co-chair.

Kinser signed an order in September establishing the commission but did not name members at that time. The panel consists of judges, lawyers and court officials.

A nationwide organization of chief justices and court administrators recommended creation of such a commission in every state. Virginia is the 29th state to do so.

The commission will report its progress to the state Supreme Court quarterly for the first two years and annually after that.


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