Va. High Court's First Female Chief Justice

February 5, 2011

The Virginia Supreme Court's first female chief justice is set to formally assume the court's top post this week.

The investiture of Justice Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Supreme Court Building in Richmond. Kinser assumed the posted Feb 1., succeeding Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr.

The justices elected Kinser to the post in August.

Virginia's chief justice supervises the administration of the state's entire court system and may assign any circuit court judge temporarily to another circuit or call retired circuit judges back to active duty.

Former Gov. George Allen appointed Kinser to the court in 1997.

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