Frederick County Circuit Judge John Prosser has announced he will retire in March.
The Northern Virginia Daily reports Prosser advised the public Monday, after notifying the Supreme Court on Friday.
Prosser, a former Winchester lawyer, was first appointed to the bench in 1997 by then-Gov. George Allen. The vacancy was created when the General Assembly balked at re-election of Judge James Berry, who had revoked Oliver North’s concealed weapons permit.
Prosser’s retirement will leave an open seat in the 26th judicial circuit. The General Assembly is wrestling with proposals to modify the current freeze on filling judicial vacancies. Virginia Supreme Court Executive Secretary Karl Hade said Prosser’s is one of three retirements to be announced last week, including those of Circuit Judge Richard Blanton of Farmville and General District Judge Dorothy Clarke of Arlington.
By Peter Vieth