Does Virginia need more lawyers? A recent state report …
Does Virginia need more lawyers? A recent report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) says yes.
The report found 6.5% of Virginia's commonwealth attorney positions currently sit vacant, citing low pay and a state-imposed cap on how much court-appointed attorneys can make as the reasons behind the shortage.
“Defense attorneys are not being paid as well as they are in many other states,” 8News Legal Analyst Russ Stone said.
The report says the amount of time attorneys have to examine electronic evidence such as videos, text messages and GPS data -- which may not be compensated for because of Virginia's low pay caps -- could also be causing the shortage.