40. A Bill for Restitution of Stolen Goods
Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that if any felon do rob or take away any money, or goods, or chattels, from any of the citizens of this commonwealth,1 from their person or otherwise, within this commonwealth and thereof the said felon be indicted, and after arraigned of the same felony, and found guilty thereof, or otherwise attainted by reason of evidence given by the party so robbed, or owner of the said money, goods, or chattels, or by any other by their procurement, that then the party so robbed, or owner, shall be restored to his said money, goods and chattels: And that the Justices before whom any such felon shall be found guilty, or otherwise attainted by reason of evidence given by the party so robbed, or owner, or by any other by their procurement have power by this present act, to award, from time to time, writs of restitution for the said money, goods and chattels.2
Report description begins Report of the Committee of Revisors Appointed by the General Assembly of Virginia in MDCCLXXVI, Richmond, 1784 description ends , p. 31. Text of Act as adopted is in Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends xii, 170.
Bill presented by Madison 31 Oct. 1785, passed by House 29 Nov., amended by Senate 5 Dec., and amendments approved by House same day (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1785, 1828 edn., p. 12–15, 51, 62, 72, 132). Act as adopted agrees with Bill as proposed save as indicated below.
1. The Act adds: “or from any person travelling through or making a temporary stay within the same.”
2. The Act includes a final clause putting it into effect 1 Jan. 1787.