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Judge Haley to retire from Court of Appeals

Judge James W. Haley Jr. has announced his plan to retire from the Court of Appeals of Virginia on March 1. His retirement will give the General Assembly an opportunity to fill his seat on that court during the 2012 session.

Haley was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2005 after serving 15 years on the circuit court bench in Stafford and King George Counties. He previously was a general district judge and commonwealth’s attorney for King George County.

Haley said he will reach Virginia’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 next year.

“I leave with the most profound respect for and devotion to and appreciation of the friendship of every member of the court I served, both active and senior,” Haley said, adding, “We’ve got an extraordinarily able group of judges.”

Haley said he announced his planned retirement in a letter to the Governor.

By Peter Vieth

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