Circuit Court of Richmond

December 7, 1868


The Dispatch discusses the rise in court cases in almost every main type of suit which has accompanied the death of Judge Lyons.


Circuit Court of Richmond - Large Number or Suits Disposed of - The District Courts. - Judge Meredith adjourned his court on Saturday to attend the District Court which meets in Williamsburg to-day, and that which meets in Fredericksburg on the 18th instant. lie will be absent until the 23d instant. Judge Meredith disposed of a large amount of business and perceptibly reduced his docket during the term just ended. Between three and four hundred common law judgments, and between one hundred and fifty and two hundred decrees and orders in chancery were entered, besides motion and other current business. The business of the court has largely increased since the death of Judge Lyons, nearly all the civil suits, both at common law and in chancery, being now brought in the Circuit Court. The litigation in this court is of a heavy character, the records of the cases often very voluminous and involving legal questions of great difficulty. In addition to this, the court has exclusive jurisdiction of all cases to which the State is a party, all proceedings against public officers and all questions touching the collection of the public revenue. In view of the large number of cases in the court, and the difficult character of the litigation, it is remarkable that the business of the court has not accumulated. Judge Meredith's large experience and prompt dispatch, aided by an able and efficient bar, has alone enabled him to control it. The District Court of Appeals, which meets in Williamsburg to-day, is composed of Judges Moncure, Meredith, Thomas, Pitts, Christian, and Critter.
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