Code of Virginia - Title 3.1 Agriculture, Horticulture And Food - Section 3.1-450 (Repealed effective October 1, 2008) Procedure on appeal to Circuit Court of Richmond

§ 3.1-450. (Repealed effective October 1, 2008) Procedure on appeal to Circuit Court of Richmond

(1) The appeals to the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond from actions of the Commission shall be by petition against the Commission as defendant, alleging therein in detail the action or order complained of, the objections thereto and specifying the relief asked and upon the filing of the petition for appeal the clerk of the court shall issue a summons returnable within thirty days.

On or before the return date of such summons, the Commission may file its plea, demurrer or answer to the allegations contained therein. Upon filing of its pleadings by the Commission the cause shall be matured for hearing in court without further pleadings, and, upon application of either party, the cause shall be placed at the head of the docket and heard forthwith.

(2) The Commission shall, on or before the return day of such summons, certify to and file in such court the record of the proceedings to which the petition refers. Such record shall include the testimony taken therein, the findings of fact of the Commission, a copy of all orders made by the Commission pertaining to the proceedings, and a copy of the order, action or decision of the Commission which the petition calls upon the court to review.

(3) Mere technical irregularities in the procedure of the Commission shall not be the basis of the decision of the court. In an appeal from an order or decision of the Commission, the case shall be heard upon the record certified to the court by the Commission. Additional testimony shall not be taken before the court, except to clarify the record or to introduce evidence as to the effect of the order upon the business of parties to the record below, or of producers standing in the same position as producer parties of record, but the court may, in proper cases, remand the record of the Commission for the taking of such further testimony as was not available upon the hearing appealed from, or such other testimony as the court shall provide may be taken. No part of the record, containing verbal or documentary evidence, shall be disregarded by courts because of technical rules of evidence.

(4) Issues on appeal shall be governed by Article 4 (§ 2.2-4025 et seq.) of the Administrative Process Act.

(Code 1950, § 3-371; 1966, c. 702; 1996, c. 573.)

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