Jenkins To Serve As Chief Justice Beginning Jan. 1

Justice Evan Jenkins, the next West Virginia Supreme Court’s chief justice beginning in January, says he wants to continue to bring accountability and transparency back to the court system.


Jenkins takes over for current Chief Justice Tim Armstead Jan. 1.


Jenkins and Armstead were both appointed to the court by Gov. Jim Justice in August 2018 as temporary replacements after two other justices retired during the impeachment scandal. The pair won elections in the November 2018 General Election, keeping Jenkins on the bench through 2024. Armstead was elected to a full 12-year term earlier this year.


Justice John Hutchison is designated to serve as chief justice of the court of five in 2022. He was appointed to the court in December 2018 by Justice to fill the seat of convicted former Justice Allen Loughry.



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