Teresa Chafin is now on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
The former Tazewell County circuit judge was sworn in as a Court of Appeals judge Monday, according to court clerk Cynthia L. McCoy.
The date and place of her formal investiture have not yet been determined, McCoy said.
The vacancy on the 29th Circuit bench can been filled by Gov. Bob McDonnell. A spokesman said McDonnell will be seeking candidates for the opening and “will be welcoming applications shortly.”
The General Assembly elected Chafin to the Court of Appeals in May.
Chafin was one of nine candidates for the seat of retiring Judge James Haley Jr. She has been a judge for 10 years, serving from 2002 to 2005 on the Tazewell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court bench. She was elected to the circuit court in 2005 and served as chief judge in 2008 and 2009.