Support the Combination of Alexandria and Arlington Courts

20 Dec
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The Current reports that the effort to merge the two Northern Virginia court systems began quietly last year, when Del. Bill Janis (R-56) and Sen. John Edwards (D-21) introduced legislation that would have merged the courts for Arlington and Alexandria. The discussion took place against a backdrop of a Circuit Court vacancy in Alexandria, which some members were reluctant to fill because they were advocating merging the two courts.

THE EFFORT TO MERGE courts in Virginia goes back many years. Before the current discussions in Richmond, the last time it was seriously debated was during a reorganization of the court system in the 1970s. At the time, some were eager to merge smaller courts such as Arlington and Alexandria so that the circuits would be more similar in size. But the Byrd machine, which had dominated Virginia politics for 50 years, opposed the move because much of the organization’s power flowed through the court system.

The Arlington County court is a small dysfunctional, prone to corruption.   Its small and enclosed nature promotes these negative attributes.  The combination of the Arlington with the Alexandria courts will make for a healthier court — and one with less dysfunction and corruption.

Arlington Parents News supports the combination of the Arlington and Alexandria courts — not only will it save money, it will promote justice.

Delegates Hope and others should support the combination.

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