Judge Ray Grubbs steps down

For months, the buzz around the Floyd County Courthouse said Circuit Judge Ray W. Grubbs would not seek reappointment to another eight year term on the bench.

On Tuesday, Grubbs confirmed the buzz. He’s stepping down when his current term ends in March, ending a 16-year tenure on the bench.

Like many retired judges, however, Grubbs will remain available to sit in on cases as a substitute judge.

Grubbs said he is “not ready to quit” completely but will step back from the regular grind of sitting on cases in Floyd and Montgomery Counties.

The search begins now for a new judge, starting with recommendations from the local bar associations and ending with approval by the Virginia General Assembly.


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5 Responses

  1. Doesn’t Del. Poindexter have a lot of say in who gets this position and wouldn’t he try to find someone in his district?

    1. State Delegates get to vote on the final selection of judges but the names come from the local bar association and then the delegation of delegates and senators go over the list and make a recommendation to the General Assembly.

      Poindexter doesn’t have a lot of clout at the state Level. He’s a rural legislator representing a mostly rural area (Franklin, Floyd and Pittsylvania) and only Floyd is part of this circuit.
      David Nutter (Radford and Montgomery County) will be a bigger player in the process and since Gino Williams got a judgeship a few years back the general feeling will be that Floyd County has its share on the bench.

      1. Okay, I know I had watched the House of Del. vote on judges before but I didn’t know how the process worked. Thanks for the explanation.

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