ABINGDON–Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., speaking at a “town hall” meeting in Southwest Virginia, pronounced an obituary for the state’s controversial judicial performance evaluation program.
“It’s dead – that’s about the nicest way I can say it,” Hassell said. “That program will not exist for quite some time, I believe, because of the state’s dire financial condition.”
The JPE program prompted an unusual stand-off between the judicial branch and some members of the legislature during the 2009 General Assembly session.
By Peter Vieth