Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser and Virginia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Walter Felton retire today after years of service on the bench.
Kinser was the first female chief justice in Virginia history. The justices of the Supreme court have elected Justice Donald Lemons to serve as the next Chief Justice. The Supreme Court will be down one justice until the legislature appoints Kinser’s successor.
The General Assembly never adjourned this year, preventing Governor Terry McAuliffe from making interim judicial appointments at various levels.