The government of the Commonwealth of Virginia is established by the
Virginia Constitution, providing for three separate but equal branches
of government: the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial
branch. This structure is modeled after the governmental system established
for our Federal government in the United States Constitution.
Together, these three branches of government make, interpret, and execute
the laws that govern the state. Each branch
of government also constitutes a cornerstone of the checks and balance
system, ensuring that the powers exercised both collectively and individually
are ultimately held accountable to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Frequently Asked Questions
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