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State of Virginia

Methods of Judicial Selection: Virginia

Removal of Judges

Virginia judges may be removed in one of two ways:
  • The judicial inquiry and review commission investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or serious mental or physical disability that interferes with a judge's duties. The commission may conduct hearings and gather evidence to determine whether the charges are substantial. If the commission finds the charges to be significant, a formal complaint is filed with the supreme court. The supreme court may dismiss the complaint or it may retire, censure, or remove the judge.

  • Judges may be impeached by the house of delegates and removed by a two thirds vote of the senate.