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Kinser to be next chief justice

The Supreme Court of Virginia today selected Justice Cynthia D. Kinser to be the first woman to serve as chief justice of the court.

Kinser is third in seniority on the court to the current chief, Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., and Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. Hassell will step down on Jan. 31 after eight years as the state’s chief judicial officer. He will remain as one of the court’s seven justices. Koontz has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 and must leave the court next year.

Kinser was appointed to the court in 1997 by Gov. George Allen after the General Assembly was unable to agree on a candidate to replace Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr.

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By Alan Cooper

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