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JIRC reports 2008 stats

In its year-end report to the General Assembly, dated Dec. 1 and posted online Dec. 18, the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission demonstrates just how busy it has been this year. Business is steady for the agency that provides ethics oversight to 772 judges in the commonwealth.

JIRC fielded 967 telephone inquiries, with the majority coming from judges and litigants. In 500 written inquiries, the agency heard primarily from inmates and civil litigants, many of them presumably unhappy with the outcome of their cases.

This year, the commission opened 20 files, as compared to 23 last year, and it dismissed 16 matters during 2008, with eight matters pending at year-end.

Under Va. Code § 17.1-918, the agency must report to the legislature findings of misconduct by judges seeking re-election, and it had one such matter in 2007 and one in 2008.
By Deborah Elkins

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