Although most states have legislatively or judicially abolished the once-prevalent doctrine of charitable immunity, the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia General Assembly have essentially retained the doctrine intact. Moreover, the Supreme Court of Virginia has declared on numerous occasions that it is the prerogative of the General Assembly, not the court, to abolish charitable immunity. Because Virginia doctrinal developments which involve charitable immunity do not comport with trends across the country and have significant implications for plaintiffs, and for defendants which assert charitable immunity, these doctrinal developments warrant analysis. This essay undertakes that effort.
Carl Tobias, Reassessing Charitable Immunity in Virginia, 41 U. Rich. L. Rev. 6 (2006)