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CL-2789 New Business   Item #: E.       
Meeting Date: 06/07/2022  
Subject:    Consideration of Authorizing the US District Court for The Western District of Virginia, to conduct hearings at the James F. Ingram Justice Center
From: W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     06/07/2022
SUMMARY
The Honorable United States District Court Judge Thomas T. Cullen, with support of the Danville Circuit Court, has requested that Danville Division criminal hearings and trials involving defendants or witnesses in federal custody be held at the James F. Ingram Justice Center, thus reducing the inconvenience to witnesses, jurors, victims, lawyers, and family members, as well as other citizens that may have an interest in the proceedings, of having to travel to Lynchburg or Roanoke.
BACKGROUND
In 2021, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Virginia recommended that no criminal proceedings be held in the Danville federal courthouse for security reasons. As a result of the security concerns, the Court issued Standing Order 2022-09 requiring that criminal trials involving defendants or witnesses who are in custody not be held in the Danville federal courthouse.
 
Hearings and trials in criminal cases involving defendants or witnesses from the Danville Division criminal cases are to be held at the United States Courthouse in Lynchburg, Virginia. In large criminal cases involving multiple defendants, the presiding judge may conduct hearings and jury trials from Danville Division criminal cases in the Ceremonial Courtroom in the Roanoke federal courthouse.
 
This causes a significant inconvenience to witnesses, jurors, victims, lawyers, and family members as well as other citizens that may have an interest in the proceedings.
 
As a result, the Honorable United States District Court Judge Thomas T. Cullen, with support of the Danville Circuit Court, has requested that Danville Division criminal hearings and trials involving defendants or witnesses in federal custody be held at the James F. Ingram Justice Center, thus reducing the inconvenience to witnesses, jurors, victims, lawyers, and family members as well as other citizens that may have an interest in the proceedings of having to travel to Lynchburg or Roanoke.
 
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that the City Council adopt a resolution authorizing and approving the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Danville Division, to conduct hearings and trials at the James F. Ingram Justice Center.
 

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Resolution US District Court


    

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