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Bachelor of Arts




This paper is an attempt to describe in brief compass the evolution of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals since its beginning in the year 1779. This period, which historically began with the Virginia Constitution in 1776 and extends to the present day, is truly modern history. The problems which it solved and the problems which it left unsolved are of vital concern to the present generation.

It is obvious that such a subject as the one chosen is one about which volumes could well be written; but such a task would requite a great deal of time and a skilled knowledge of legal terms. The author lacks both of these requirements. Therefore it is necessary that the subject matter be limited, and a clear difinition of the aims of this paper be made before going further.

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