The 1993 Virginia General Assembly enacted two bills to implement the Judicial Council's report to the Governor and General Assembly recommending the creation of a Family Court in Virginia. The Family Court was to be in effect January 1, 1995, provided that the 1994 legislative session passed the necessary funding and appropriation bills. The 1994 Session did not allocate funds; however, rather than allowing the Family Court project to lapse by inaction, the legislature delayed implementation of the court until July 1, 1996.

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