Judicial Inquiry & Review Commission v. PomrenkeAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court ordered that Kurt J. Pomrenke be removed immediately from the office of Judge of the Twenty-Eighth Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judicial District, concluding that Judge Pomrenke’s conduct was of sufficient gravity to require that the court remove him from office.
The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission of Virginia charged Judge Pomrenke with engaging in misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the proper administration of justice while serving as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge. After a hearing, the Commission filed a formal complaint against Judge Pomrenke asserting that its charges were of sufficient gravity to constitute the basis for retirement, censure, or removal. The Supreme Court held that Judge Pomrenke’s violations of the Canons of Judicial Conduct for the Commonwealth of Virginia were grave and substantial and of sufficient gravity to warrant removal.