Sovereign Immunity in Virginia: An Overview

Report No: 82-R4

Published in 1981

About the report:

This report was designed primarily to apprise persons in state agencies of the law of sovereign immunity in Virginia, to comment on the likelihood of this law being changed, and to identify the possible sources of such change. The report addresses the potential tort liability both of individual state employees and of the agencies themselves.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Thomas L. Heimbach, Kevin W. McLean, Lynn Townsend, Owen J. Shean

Last updated: January 21, 2024

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