Virginia Supreme Court Has Its First Woman Chief Justice.
The Virginia Supreme Court has a new chief justice…the first woman to serve in that capacity in the court’s history. Charles Fishburne reports.
Justice Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser, a native and resident of Lee County, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia by Governor Allen in 1997 and twice elected by the General Assembly, and was elected to the position by the other members of the court.
Tobias: Her most critical assignment will be to convince the General Assembly to continue to fund the court system in Virginia at levels that will allow the judiciary to deliver justice.
Carl Tobias, law professor at the University of Richmond.
Tobias: The General Assembly needs to remember that the judiciary is another branch of government, not a state agency.
Tobias says being Chief Justice also means being the public face of Virginia’s highest court.
She will succeed Chief Justice Leroy Hassell, Sr., who has served two terms and is not eligible under court rules to serve another.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News