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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 880
Commending Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 12, 2003
Agreed to by the Senate, February 20, 2003

WHEREAS, Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia for 42 years, including the last 22 years as Chief Justice, retired on January 31, 2003; and

WHEREAS, a member of the Supreme Court since January 30, 1961, and Chief Justice since February 1, 1981, Harry L. Carrico presided over the admission to the bar of almost two thirds of the lawyers currently practicing in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, during his long and distinguished career, Justice Carrico served as a judge of the Trial Justice Court (now the General District Court) and a judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit; and

WHEREAS, Chief Justice Carrico was the administrative head of the court system, responsible for budgets, technology, and the general supervision of the judiciary; and

WHEREAS, successful in convincing the General Assembly that state judges should earn salaries commensurate with their federal counterparts, Chief Justice Carrico led the effort to create the Virginia Court of Appeals in 1985 and supported numerous other judicial and administrative initiatives; and

WHEREAS, under the leadership of Chief Justice Carrico, the Supreme Court of Virginia increased its workload from 420 cases per year in 1961 to nearly 3,000 cases in 2002, while maintaining a schedule that saw most cases concluded within 10 months; and

WHEREAS, Justice Carrico has been for many years the chairman of the Judicial Council of Virginia and is a former president of the Conference of Chief Justices, former chairman of the National Center for State Courts, and a member, director, or chairman of many other prestigious professional organizations; and

WHEREAS, Justice Carrico has been honored repeatedly by the University of Richmond, George Washington University, The College of William and Mary, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, the American Judicature Society, and the National Center for State Courts; and

WHEREAS, in 1987 Justice Carrico created the Commission on the Future of Virginia's Judicial System, which made 132 recommendations for the improvement of the Commonwealth's judicial system; and

WHEREAS, Justice Carrico is a cofounder of the Virginia State Bar's Mandatory Course on Professionalism created in 1988, the first course of its kind in the nation, and regularly participates in the course for newly admitted members of the bar; and

WHEREAS, a jurist of impeccable reputation and stature, Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico has served the Commonwealth for more than 40 years with matchless professionalism, unquestioned integrity, and an absolute commitment to the law; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico on his retirement from the Supreme Court of Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico as an expression of the General Assembly's admiration, appreciation, and gratitude.


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