The wheels of justice always seem to grind slowly. But in the Roanoke Valley, with six Circuit Court judges, they turn a bit faster than in some other places. The wait for a civil trial is often measured in months, sometimes as few as three or four.
In Montgomery County you’ll find a different story. There, a plaintiff in an auto accident case can expect to wait 10 months to a year for a trial. That delay is frustrating, said Pete Beller, a veteran attorney from Christiansburg.
For a client disabled by an accident that wasn’t his fault, and who’s lost his primary income, it can easily spell bankruptcy. That harks back to the old saying, “justice delayed is justice denied.”
Unfortunately, the Roanoke Valley appears to be headed in that direction, because of a failure of the Virginia General Assembly. We now have two judicial vacancies on Circuit Court and one in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
In the General Assembly session just concluded, none of them got funded or filled. How did that happen?
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