Judge Jamison retiring //
Family and friends join in unveiling the portrait of outgoing Judge Birdie Hairston Jamison, right, that will hang in the Richmond General District Court. With her at Friday’s ceremony at the Manchester Courthouse are, from left: Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr., Judge Jamison’s sister, Paige Hairston, Delegate Delores L. McQuinn, former Delegate Jean W. Cunningham, Richmond General District Court Chief Judge D. Eugene Cheek, former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III and Judge Jamison’s other sister, Mable Lewis. Judge Jamison, 57, is the dean of the state’s traffic court judges. She began hearing cases in Richmond in 1991. Her tenure on the court officially ends Tuesday, Nov. 30. She must step down because the General Assembly declined to reappoint her to a new term last January. Numerous speakers at the retirement ceremony lauded her service to the court.