The past year generally has been another quiet one for children's legal issues in Virginia, although it was a busier than normal year in the United States Supreme Court with the grandparents' visitation case, the Texas high school football game prayer case, a significant Title I case involving the provision of instructional material to religiously operated schools, and the gay Boy Scout leader case. Not as much occurred at the state level, with little legislation of great significance to children and youth being enacted at the 2000 General Assembly session. However, a succession of cases interpreting and applying Baker v. Commonwealth-regarding juvenile and domestic relations district court jurisdiction over juveniles in the absence of notice to biological parents--caused a bit of excitement for juvenile law practitioners and much concern for prosecutors.
Robert E. Shepherd Jr.,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Legal Issues Involving Children,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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