Virginia Code Section 8.01-428(D) Interpretation

In Jennings v. Jennings, 26 Va. App. 530, 495 S.E.2d 544 (1998), the Court held: A court may "entertain at any time an independent action . . . to set aside a judgment or decree for fraud upon the court." Code 8.01-428(D). Because "judicial proceedings must have a certainty of result, and a high degree of finality must attach to judgments," we construe the language contained in Code 8.01-428(D) narrowly. Byrum v. Lowe & Gordon, Ltd., 225 Va. 362, 365, 302 S.E.2d 46, 48 (1983) Id.