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The structure of the Virginia judicial system is laid out in Article VI of the Constitution. The state court system is made up of the Virginia Supreme Court, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Virginia Circuit Courts and the Virginia District Courts.

The federal court system is made up of the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court and the Western District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court. Appeals go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Virginia counties

There are 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which are considered to be county equivalents, in Virginia.


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Judges in Virginia are elected by the members of the state General Assembly. Virginia is one of only two states (the other being South Carolina) that use this legislative election method. Vacancies that occur when the legislature is not in session are filled by gubernatorial appointment, though appointees must face election when the legislature reconvenes.

Virginia does not hold any popular elections for judges.


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