CHARLESTON -- Jackson Kelly attorney Jill McIntyre, in association with the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE), is helping to train substitute district court judges in Virginia on discovery and evidentiary issues relating to electronic information.
AIDE is making sure judges understand how to assess the accessibility of electronic evidence like text messages and Facebook posts and how to keep discovery costs proportional to the amount in controversy. Presenters, such as McIntyre, also address the admissibility and introduction of electronic evidence at trial, where these judges sit as the trier of fact.
District Courts in Virginia are divided into two divisions, General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations. Each city and county in Virginia has a court of each type. Along with traffic violations, misdemeanors, and preliminary hearings for felonies, general district courts have exclusive authority to hear civil cases with claims of $4,500 or less and share authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with claims between $4,500 and $25,000 (often landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions).
Along with all matters involving juveniles, juvenile and domestic relations courts handle cases involving custody, support, visitation, abuse, neglect and other familial crimes.
This mandatory training for substitute judges by the Virginia Supreme Court is being conducted in October and November in Staunton, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Richmond and Roanoke.
McIntyre is a member in Jackson Kelly's Charleston office and is a part of the Industrial, Environmental and Complex Litigation Practice Group. In addition, she leads the firm's Electronic Discovery Team.
McIntyre follows closely the development of electronic discovery law and principals, along with emerging technologies that are implicated in the discovery process. She regularly advises clients and colleagues about digital technologies; retaining and discarding electronically stored information; preserving, locating, collecting and producing data involved in litigation and/or government investigations and engaging in proportional, cost-effective discovery.
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