Each of the Virginia constitutions, including the 1971 Constitution, has included a schedule. This most recent schedule established the date at which the Constitution will take effect, ensured that the new Constitution would not affect the terms of sitting officers, stipulated that existing statutes and pending judicial decisions would be undisturbed by the new Constitution, provided that certain new judicial qualifications would not apply to sitting judges, and issued a series of directives for the 1971 legislative session.
This revised Constitution shall, except as is otherwise provided herein, go into
effect at noon on the first day of July, nineteen hundred and seventy-one.
Unless otherwise provided herein or by law, nothing in this revised Constitution
shall affect the oath, tenure, term, status, or compensation of any person hold-
ing any public office, position, or employment in the Commonwealth, nor
affect the date of filling any State or local office, elective or appointive, which
shall be filled on the date on which it would otherwise have been filled.
The common and statute law in force at the time this revised Constitution
goes into effect, so far as not in conflict therewith, shall remain in force until