Equally at home as a companion to an introductory text or as a stand-alone resource, Virginia Government offers an excellent introduction to the political institutions, actors, and policy processes of the Old Dominion State. Paying special attention to the governing arrangements that make Virginia unique, from statewide city-county separation to a single-term governor to shifting electoral alignments, Peaslee and Swartz strike the perfect balance, combining necessary background and historical analysis with current events and policy issues to make the information relevant and engaging for today's students. Grounded in the comparative method, the text provides useful comparisons with governing institutions, political processes, and public polices in other states and localities.

Law and Order in Virginia the State Court System

Law and Order in Virginia the State Court System

Law and order in virginia the state court system


  • Virginia's Court Structure
    • Magistrates
    • District Courts
    • Circuit Courts
    • Court of Appeals
    • Virginia Supreme Court
    • The Administration of Justice
  • The National Court System
  • Judicial Policymaking
  • State Judicial Selection
    • Who Are Our Judges?
    • Tenure and Compensation
  • Conclusion

The courts make up Virginia's third branch of state government. Along with the police and corrections, the judiciary is a key component of the state's criminal justice system. In contrast to the legislative and executive branches, members of the judicial branch are not elected by the people. The courts play a special role in ensuring that government and its policies reflect democratic values. Unlike representatives in the elected branches, whose decisions reflect the preferences of the majority, courts are charged with making sure ...

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