Methods of Judicial Selection: Virginia
Removal of JudgesVirginia judges may be removed in one of two ways:
The judicial inquiry and review commission investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or serious mental or physical disability that interferes with a judge's duties. The commission may conduct hearings and gather evidence to determine whether the charges are substantial. If the commission finds the charges to be significant, a formal complaint is filed with the supreme court. The supreme court may dismiss the complaint or it may retire, censure, or remove the judge.
Judges may be impeached by the house of delegates and removed by a two thirds vote of the senate.