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2017 SESSION

17101653D
SENATE BILL NO. 1344
Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 10, 2017
A BILL to amend and reenact 20-124.2:1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to in camera interviews of child in custody or visitation proceeding; court's discretion to conduct recording or transcript.
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Patron-- Surovell
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Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 20-124.2:1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

20-124.2:1. In camera interviews of child; recording or transcript.

In any proceeding in a court of record to determine custody or visitation, when the a court conducts may conduct an in camera interview of a minor child whose custody or visitation is at issue with or without the presence of the parties or their counsel, a record in the discretion of the court. A recording or transcript of the interview shall be prepared, unless the parties otherwise agree. The record recording or transcript of the interview shall be made available to the parties and counsel and shall be made a part of the record in the case if such interview is conducted in a proceeding in a court of record, unless a decision is made by the court that doing so providing such recording or transcript or making such record or transcript a part of the record would endanger the safety of the child. The cost of creating the record  recording or transcript shall be taxed as costs to the parties to the proceeding.