Jury Sentencing

NACDL worked with the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and other partners in Virginia to pass legislation repealing mandatory jury sentencing.

In September 2020, NACDL issued a statewide call to action encouraging members and the community to contact their legislators in support of  SB 5007, a bill to allow a defendant to decide whether to be sentenced by a judge or a jury, except in capital cases. SB 5007 was a priority bill of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) and partner organization, Justice Forward Virginia. At the conclusion of the special session, SB 5007 passed with a delayed enactment clause and went into effect July 1, 2021.

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