The Supreme Courtroom of Appeals of West Virginia has introduced the justices who will lead the court docket in 2023 and 2024.
Justice Beth Walker will take over as chief justice of the Supreme Courtroom starting within the new 12 months. Justice Tim Armstead will function chief justice in 2024.
John Hutchison, who joined the court docket in 2018 and served as chief justice this 12 months, will proceed to function a justice on the court docket after he vacates his seat as chief. His time period ends on Dec. 31, 2024.
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Walker, who was elected to the Supreme Courtroom in 2016 and commenced her 12-year time period in January of 2017, additionally served as chief justice in 2019. In 2018, Walker was on the court docket when West Virginia lawmakers accomplished the extraordinary transfer of impeaching all 4 state Supreme Courtroom justices for spending points, together with a suspended justice dealing with a 23-count federal indictment.
The article of impeachment acknowledged the justices abused their authority and failed to regulate workplace bills, together with greater than $1 million in renovations to their particular person places of work. It additionally mentioned they failed to take care of insurance policies over issues comparable to working lunches and using state autos and workplace computer systems at dwelling.
Walker was accused of spending $131,000 on workplace renovations. Nevertheless, she was in the end acquitted of the impeachment cost in a trial earlier than the state Senate wherein she apologized for her function within the scandal.
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“I remorse a lot the errors I made, and I’m sorry,” she mentioned throughout the trial. “I have to apologize to the taxpayers … I’ve realized from my errors to make sure. I feel we will restore public belief within the judiciary.”
Walker was “reprimanded and censured,” however allowed to stay on the court docket.
Walker mentioned in an announcement this week that in her first tenure as chief justice, the court docket “centered on rebuilding public confidence within the judiciary.”
“Our dedication to transparency and accountability has not wavered, and subsequent 12 months we’ll develop a strategic plan to enhance the effectivity and responsiveness of our court docket system,” she mentioned.
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Armstead will function appearing chief justice in 2023 when Walker is unable to take part in a case.