West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman appointed Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell Jr. to the high court, serving in place of suspended Justice Allen Loughery.

Loughery is suspended from the court without pay due to charges of judicial misconduct, with his trial set for Oct. 2

Workman signed the order four days before the House of Delegates will reconvene to consider the impeachment of Loughery and the three remaining court justices, who are accused of not establishing policies regarding remodeling work, travel budgets and home computer use.

Farrell would serve as acting chief justice over impeachment proceedings if the state Senate considers articles of impeachment.