John Hutchinson sworn in as new judge for WV Supreme Court

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - In a ceremony Friday in the West Virginia Supreme Court Chamber, Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Justice Hutchison was appointed to the Court in December by Gov. Jim Justice to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Allen Loughry.

In Nov., 2018, Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins were elected to fill Supreme Court vacancies created by the resignations of Justices Menis Ketchum and Robin Davis.

After he took the Oath of Office, Justice Hutchinson said, “The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is now newly constituted and I believe does not carry with it the dark shadows of the past 24 months. I again pledge my cooperation to the other four members of this court to help achieve the open and transparent administration of this branch of government, so that cooperation with the other two equal branches of government is possible and achievable."

Justice Hutchison had been a circuit judge since 1995, when then-Governor Gaston Caperton appointed him to the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Raleigh County.

He was elected to that seat in 1996 and re-elected in 2000, 2008 and 2016.

He was a member of the Supreme Court’s Mass Litigation Panel and was a judicial representative on the Commission to Study Residential Placement of Children.

He served as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president of the West Virginia Judicial Association and was chairman and vice-chairman of the association’s legislative and pensions committees.

He was born and raised in Beckley.

He has a 1972 bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Davis and Elkins College and a 1980 law degree from West Virginia University.

He was assistant basketball coach at Davis and Elkins College (1972 to 1974) and was dorm director and assistant basketball coach at Concord University (1975 to 1977).

After law school, he practiced law in Raleigh County for ten years then opened the Nationwide Insurance West Virginia Trial Division Office and was its managing trial attorney for four years.

He is married to Victoria Lagowski Hutchison and they have two children and two grandchildren.