Criminal Speedy Trial Litigation in Virginia—Keeping Your Case “Up to Speed”

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, May 9, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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Thursday, May 30, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0; VIDC Recertification Credit: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150

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Why Attend?

  • This seminar will include a discussion of Young v. Commonwealth, a statutory speedy trial appeal recently argued by our speakers in the Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Discover best practices, from the defense perspective, for protecting your client’s constitutional and statutory speedy trial rights and, from the Commonwealth’s perspective, for protecting your case against dismissal based on alleged speedy trial violations
  • Learn how to calculate “speedy trial math” to determine whether a proposed trial date falls within the statutory speedy trial window
  • Explore the various factors courts consider in determining whether specific delays should be attributed to the defense or to the Commonwealth
  • Stay up to date on current developments in speedy trial case law

VIDC Recertification Credit: 2.0

Every criminal defendant has constitutional and statutory rights to a speedy trial. Prosecutors and defense attorneys alike have a responsibility to ensure that those rights are protected. Prosecutors must be able to correctly calculate speedy trial deadlines while protecting their cases against dismissals based on alleged speedy trial violations, and defense attorneys must be able to successfully challenge lengthy pretrial delays in cases where speedy trial violations occur. The Sixth Amendment mandates consideration of a variety of factors and does not require an exact time period within which an accused must be tried. By contrast, Virginia Code section 19.2-243 contains set time periods within which the Commonwealth must try an accused. Those time periods are subject to a multitude of enumerated and implied exceptions. When continuances occur, determining whether the resulting delay should be attributed to the defendant or to the Commonwealth frequently becomes a contentious issue at trial and on appeal. Indeed, “speedy trial math” frustrates even experienced defense attorneys and prosecutors. And the stakes could not be any higher: a successful speedy trial claim results in the dismissal of the indictments and the defendant being forever discharged from prosecution for the alleged crimes.

This seminar will be taught by an experienced criminal defense attorney and assistant attorney general who recently litigated Young v. Commonwealth, a speedy trial case, in the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. Working together, they will help you translate this complicated subject matter into practical principles that you can use to resolve any speedy trial issue you might confront as a prosecutor or a defense attorney.

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (May 9) (Eastern Time)

12:00 Criminal Speedy Trial Litigation in Virginia—Keeping Your Case “Up to Speed”
2:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (May 30) (Eastern Time)

12:00 Criminal Speedy Trial Litigation in Virginia—Keeping Your Case “Up to Speed”
2:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS 

Victoria Johnson, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia / Richmond

Victoria Johnson is an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section at the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.  In that capacity, she has argued approximately 100 appeals in the Virginia appellate courts.  Before coming to the Attorney General’s Office, she served as a member of staff counsel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, clerked for the Honorable William G. Petty at the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and was an attorney advisor to the Honorable Richard Malamphy, Administrative Law Judge, United States Department of Labor. 

Ms. Johnson has previously been an adjunct professor at the William and Mary Law School and Liberty University School of Law, teaching appellate advocacy and legal writing.  Ms. Johnson graduated cum laude from Regent University School of Law and has an M.S. in Education from Pensacola Christian College.

Catherine French Zagurskie, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission / Richmond

Catherine French Zagurskie is Chief Appellate Counsel for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.  She provides appellate support, training, and supervision to public defenders and court-appointed attorneys. Previously, she was a Supervising Public Defender and the Appellate Designate at the Richmond Public Defender’s Office. Throughout her career, she has had numerous writ and merit arguments before the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, with victories in both appellate courts. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.   

Ms. Zagurskie earned a J.D., summa cum laude, and graduated Order of the Coif from Case Western Reserve University, where she served on the Executive Board of the Law Review. She also holds a M.S. in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College.    

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