Peace Measure Supports Safer Virginia

- Virginia Criminal Information Network bill becomes law - Legislation advanced by Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville) at the request of Attorney General Bob McDonnell took effect July 1, 2008.

The new law provides that when a protective order is issued, the district court must enter information into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) system by the end of the business day, and a copy of the order shall also be delivered to the primary law-enforcement agency responsible for service.

This reform measure will help to establish the precise time when protective orders are entered so that victims can be protected and so that when they expire they can be cleared from VCIN. The law also requires that clerks make electronic reports of certain proceedings or adjudications to the Central Criminal Records Exchange.

Peace stated, “Virginians can be proud of Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s efforts to create a safer Virginia. This statute will safeguard those in need of protection quickly and should provide needed peace of mind for potential victims.”