My question involves court procedures for the state of: Virginia
I am the defendant in a lawsuit in Virginia which has not progressed in about 2 1/2 years. Pleadings were filed (I've been acting pro se), and plaintiff's attorney contacted me to ask if we could settle the case -- I responded that a dismissal would be an acceptable settlement.
That was about 2 1/2 years ago, and I have heard nothing from Plaintiff, his attorney, or the court since.
Is it customary to request dismissal on a case due to what appears to be a bilateral non-interest in pursuing the case at this point? Will the court ever dismiss the case on its own initiative due to non-progress?
Virginia's own case processing time guidelines seem to indicate that civil matters should be concluded within 24 months of filing, "except for individual cases in which the Court determines exceptional circumstances exist and for which a continuing review should occur." I doubt that this case could be described as having "exceptional circumstances"...