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Code of Virginia
Title 19.2. Criminal Procedure
Chapter 15. Trial and Its Incidents
3/8/2021

§ 19.2-264.12. (Contingent effective date) Protection order.

A. Upon the motion of either party and for good cause, the court may enter a protective order with regard to the discovery or inspection required by this article. The court in its discretion may order any condition that it deems necessary to the orderly adjudication of the case or to the fair administration of justice. These conditions may include, but are not limited to:

1. A requirement that the parties not disclose the contents of any material or evidence disclosed or discovered pursuant to this article in any public forum, including any website;

2. A requirement that the parties not disclose the contents of any material or evidence disclosed or discovered pursuant to this article to any third party who is not an agent or employee of the parties or an expert witness;

3. Authorization to either party to withhold the residential address, telephone number, email address, or place of employment of any witness not covered by the provisions of § 19.2-264.9; or

4. Authorization for either party in appropriate circumstances to withhold from disclosure or place additional restrictions on dissemination of information otherwise discoverable but not exculpatory.

B. Should either party believe in good faith that the terms of a protective order entered by the court have been violated, such party may move the court to enforce the order and to impose any necessary and appropriate sanction authorized by Virginia law.

2020, c. 1167.

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