From the office of the Anglican District of Virginia:
We have received word from Judge Bellows' clerk that he will issue his Letter Opinion this Friday December 19. Please pray over the next several days especially for Judge Bellows and the congregations that will be affected by the rulings that Judge Bellows will issue.
UPDATE: As we have all ready been repeatedly told even before the final judgment is entered, The Episcopal Church intends to march on the litigation front and appeal to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Supreme Court - however Judge Bellows rules tomorrow.
Here's what we may expect after Judge Randy Bellow's issues his ruling:
Dec. 19, 2008 - Final Judgment Entered
Jan. 19, 2009 - Notice of Appeal due in Fairfax County Circuit Court (deadline)
Mar. 19, 2009 - Petition for Appeal due in Supreme Court of Virginia
Apr. 9, 2009 - Brief in Opposition Due in Supreme Court of Virginia
These are the latest possible dates - the filings could be made earlier, which would move subsequent deadlines up. The petition for appeal would probably be set for oral argument at one of the following Writ Panels:
May 15, 2009
July 14, 2009
August 26, 2009
If the petition for appeal is granted, oral argument could be as early as September 2009 - or sometime after. Whatever the case, it will be after General Convention 2009.
Tip of the Tinfoil to Mr. Intrepid, Esq.