This morning, the Supreme Court of Virginia approved changes to Rules 5 and 5A, which govern appellate practice in state courts. [Hat tip to Official Friend of De Novo (TM) Steve Emmert.]

The new rules will take effect July 1st. We will talk about them in the coming weeks, but wanted to give you all a heads up.

Also, please be prepared for some light blogging ahead–jury trial next week, followed by some oral arguments and briefing deadlines. Gotta pay the bills somehow.