In 1989, the Virginia General Assembly enacted significant legislation authorizing the creation of an experimental family court. The experimental program is an attempt to examine the unification of the circuit court and the juvenile and domestic relations district court's jurisdiction of divorce cases. The program's goals include the elimination of duplicate hearings, the savings of client costs, and the elimination of de novo appeals.
Lawrence D. Diehl,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Domestic Relations,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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