COMMENT: A Step Toward Robust Criminal Discovery Reform In Virginia: The Disclosure Of Witness Statements Before Trial

Jennifer Horan *

Calls for reform to the Virginia criminal discovery rules have been occurring for over a decade. Those calling for reform were optimistic after the Supreme Court of Virginia put together a special committee to propose new reforms to the current criminal discovery rules. The Special Committee on the Criminal Discovery Rules (“Special Committee”) spent nearly a year debating new proposed rules for criminal discovery and presented their final report to the Supreme Court of Virginia on December 2, 2014. However, on November 13, 2015, the Supreme Court of Virginia declined to adopt the changes proposed by the Special Committee in a short, two-sentence order.

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* J.D. Candidate, 2018, University of Richmond School of Law. B.A., 2015, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I would like to extend a special thank you to Professor John Douglass for his invaluable feedback and guidance throughout the writing process. I would also like to thank Callaghan Guy for her helpful suggestions and support. Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to the staff and editorial board of the University of Richmond Law Review for their help in preparing this comment for publication.