Even if no presumption applies magistrate may be

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Even if no presumption applies, magistrate may be unable to release a subject whose liberty constitutes an unreasonable danger to himself or the public or who is unable to understand and abide by any bail conditions.
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Magistrate Training All new magistrates must be certified before holding hearings and issuing any process. The certification process includes: attending a four week certification school; passing a written certification examination; participating in mock mental health hearings; completing at least 240 hours of observation training.
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Magistrate Training Mental health law is one of the largest blocks of instruction in certification school. 11.25 hours spread over three consecutive days. Training focuses on application of Virginia law, including required findings and procedural matters. Magistrates are not trained to diagnose mental illness; we rely on testimony of petitioner and/or other witnesses to establish mental illness. All magistrates participate in mock mental health hearings during their initial training.
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Magistrate Training All magistrates receive additional training whenever there are changes to Virginia’s mental health laws. Likewise, many magistrates have participated in CIT training, as instructors or participants, in jurisdictions that have CIT programs. Chief magistrates interact regularly with local CSB personnel.
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Contact Information Mason Byrd, Magistrate System Coordinator [email protected] Jonathan Green, Magistrate Advisor [email protected]
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