Criminal Justice Reform Legislative Update (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 2.0 (VIDC Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 06/30/2024


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the June 2021 webcast, Criminal Justice Reform Legislative Update.

Course Outline

  • Receive an update on some of the newly enacted Criminal Justice Reform legislation from the 2021 General Assembly session

If your practice includes criminal cases, this is a must-see seminar. Over the past year, the General Assembly has made significant changes to criminal law and procedure in Virginia. Some of these reforms took effect on March 1, 2021, and many more are set to become law on July 1, 2021. Now that the policy debates are over, prosecutors and defense attorneys must learn the new rules of the road and what these transformative changes mean for criminal law practice in the Commonwealth.

Practitioners anticipate that more jury trials will be held as a result of the changes, evidence of mental health diagnosis will be allowable at trial for mitigation of guilt, criminal cases will be guaranteed the right to appellate review by the Court of Appeals, and prison sentences will be calculated differently by the Virginia Department of Corrections. As significant as these changes will be, there are many more reforms that will also impact criminal practice.

Among the topics to be discussed:

  • New procedural rules for jury trials and criminal cases
  • Expungement and sealing of criminal convictions
  • The Freedom of Information Act and release of criminal incident information
  • The earned sentence credit program for early release and calculation of sentences for crimes in Virginia
  • Limitations to probation terms, revocation hearings, and suspension of sentences imposed

Our speakers—a Commonwealth's Attorney and a defense attorney—have followed the General Assembly's reforms closely over the past year and have participated in many of the policy debates. They have thoroughly analyzed the legislation and carefully break it down for you to easily apply to your criminal practice.

Please note the following: “In regards to the changes to earned sentence credits in Sec. 53.1-202.3, the calculations as to the amount of time served on a sentence are the opinions of the speakers based on a reading of the statute. It is important to note that the final interpretation of this statute and the final time calculations of an individual inmate are the sole responsibility of the Department of Corrections and may be different than what is included in this presentation. If you have any specific questions about interpretation of this statute or an individual’s calculation, you should contact the Department of Corrections.”

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Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian
Charles H. Slemp, III, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office / Wise


Stephen A. Mutnick, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC / Midlothian

Steve Mutnick practices primarily in the areas of criminal law and traffic defense, and as private counsel in civil cases, including custody and visitation.  He regularly practices in the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Richmond City, and Powhatan, and other jurisdictions in central Virginia.  He is certified by the Indigent Defense Commission as defense counsel for misdemeanors, juveniles, and felony cases.

Mr. Mutnick regularly represents those accused of serious criminal matters, including murder, violent crimes, drug distribution and possession, theft and larceny related crimes, and other offenses in front of both judges and juries.  He has been a practicing criminal attorney since 2007.

Mr. Mutnick serves as Counsel to the House of Delegates’ Courts of Justice Committee, where he advises the members of the General Assembly on important issues in criminal and civil law.  From 2016 to 2018, he served on the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Criminal Justice Board.

Mr. Mutnick has been an instructor for Virginia CLE® since 2013.  In 2016, he created and was lead faculty in “Representing the Criminal Juvenile Defendant: Navigating the Juvenile Justice System.”  Since 2017, he has been the lead faculty and moderator of the “DUI Defense” and “Defense of Serious Traffic Offenses” continuing legal education programs.  He has also taught at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council Spring Institute, the Virginia State Police Academy, and the Henrico Police Academy.  He was also the author of the “Juvenile Criminal Defense” chapter in the Virginia Deskbook for Practitioners.

Mr. Mutnick entered private practice in 2013 after serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for five and one-half years.  He was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Loudoun and Henrico Counties for over five years.

Born and raised in Burke, Virginia, Mr. Mutnick attended the College of William and Mary with a major in Public Policy.  After college, he attended the TC Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

Charles H. Slemp, III, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office / Wise

C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III serves as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton. Prior to his service as Commonwealth’s Attorney, he served as Commissioner of Accounts, General Receiver for the Circuit Court of Wise County, and he practiced criminal law, domestic relations law, local government law, and estate administration. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He holds a Master’s Degree from Regent University School of Government in Law & Public Policy and a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law. He completed post-graduate study at Oxford University Hertford College in the United Kingdom. Mr. Slemp represents the Ninth Congressional District on the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, and teaches adjunct at UVa-Wise and Regent University School of Law.

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