Johanna L. Fitzpatrick, September 1, 1992-March 31, 2006; Chief Judge, November 26, 1997-March 31, 2006

Judge Johanna L. Fitzpatrick
Photographic portrait, 1992

Born 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama.

First elected by the General Assembly on January 29, 1992 to an eight-year term beginning September 1, 1992, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Charles H. Duff. Service terminated by retirement.

First elected chief judge on November 19, 1997 to a four-year term beginning November 26, 1997 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Norman K. Moon. Service terminated by retirement.

Tufts University, B.A., 1968
Catholic University, J.D., 1974

Other judicial service:
Substitute judge, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1977-1980.
Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1980-1982.
Judge, Nineteenth Circuit Court, 1982-1992.

Professional career:
Legal aid attorney, Fairfax County Legal Aid Society, 1974-1976.
Private practice in Fairfax, Virginia, 1974-1980.

Oral history

Elected, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 1992 Regular Session, 273; elected chief judge, Court of Appeals Order Book, November 19, 1997; see also “Fitzpatrick New Appeals Court Chief,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, November 24, 1997, retrieved from in 2014; retired effective April 1, 2006, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2006 Regular Session, 675; Alan Cooper, “Appeals Court Chief to Retire,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 19, 2005, retrieved from in 2014.