Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Henrico Sheriff’s Department Conference Room
June 18 , 2008
Council Members Present
Harvey L. Bryant, III (Virginia Beach)
Joel R. Branscom (Botetourt County)
John R. Doyle, III (Norfolk)
David N. Grimes (Pittsylvania County)
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
Wade A. Kizer (Henrico County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Richard E. Trodden (Arlington County)
Nancy Parr (Chesapeake)
Alex R. Iden (Winchester)
Other Commonwealth's Attorneys Present
Charles S. Sharp (Fredericksburg)
Daniel M. Chichester (Stafford County)
Linda D. Curtis (Hampton)
Neil S. Vener (Campbell County)
James R. Ennis (Prince Edward County)
John C. Singleton (Bath County)
CASC Staff Present
Call to Order
Mr. Bryant called the meeting to order at 11:07.
Consideration of the minutes
Mr. Bryant moved for the acceptance of the minutes from the May 7, 2008 meeting. The motion was seconded, and the minutes were approved unanimously.
Mr. Bryant deferred his report.
Mr. Harris stated that the evaluations for the Top Gun and Trial Advocacy programs are attached to the agenda. The results were very favorable to the programs. The tentative agenda for the Annual Meeting also is attached. Several copies of the complete evaluation results for the Spring Institute that include all comments were made available. Mr. Harris stated there were lots of comments regarding the Hospitality Suite at the Spring Institute.
Mr. Harris stated that the Homicide program will begin on June 22, 2008. The response to attend this program was high. The program had to turn away 50 registrants.
Mr. Bryant stated that the attorneys from his office who attended the Trial Advocacy program believed the program was too long and could be cut down by one day. Mr. Doucette stated that the same comment is made every year. Mr. Harris explained that due to the individual performances, the program gives the attorneys some down time and encourages students to use that time to study. Mr. Doucette also stated that homework is given. If the homework is not done, there will be a lot of down time.
DCJS State Plan
Mr. Harris has attended the meetings and stated that the DCJS state plan working group has researched 21 issues and are generating a long term plan that soon will be circulated in draft form to agency heads in Public Safety. Mr. Harris asked for a Commonwealth’s Attorney to volunteer to review the report. Ms. Curtis volunteered.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:14. The next Board and Council meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 3:00 at the Cavalier Hotel.