Braxton Citizens' News, Government

Judge Richard Facemire announces retirement

Judge Richard A. Facemire, Chief Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, has officially announced his retirement. In a letter to Governor Jim Justice, Judge Facemire said he would conclude his career which has span 22 years on June 30.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the citizens of West Virginia and particularly the 14th Judicial Circuit for the past 22 years,” the Judge wrote in his letter of resignation.

On June 6 the Supreme Court approved Judge Facemire’s retirement and admitted him to Senior Status. The higher court stated that Judge Facemire would continue to preside over his docket as a senior status judge until his successor takes office.

“In consideration of the heavy caseload in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit and to prevent undue delay in trials, hearings and the general delivery of court services to the people of the Circuit, and to provide timely access to the courts, the Chief Justice deems it necessary to assign a senior status judge to preside in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit beginning on July 1, 2023, until a successor is appointed by the Governor, sworn into office, and assumes the official duties of the office,” Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker wrote in her administrative order dated June 16, 2023.

The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in addition to Braxton, includes Clay, Gilmer and Webster Counties.