‘Tis the season for local bar associations to urge the General Assembly to pay special attention to their districts and circuits when deciding how to budget and fill judgeships around the commonwealth.
The latest entreaty comes from the Roanoke Bar Association, where two judgeships are expected to be vacated this year with the retirements of circuit Judges Jonathan Apgar and Patrick Doherty. The RBA board last month recommended the Assembly fill “at least one of the judicial vacancies as a matter of utmost urgency.”
Also last month, the president of the Augusta County Bar Association wrote to Gov. Bob McDonnell saying it is “absolutely imperative” that a vacant general district court seat be filled. The seat was vacated by the Jan. 1 retirement of Judge William Heatwole.