The Virginia General Assembly approved Gov. Bob McDonnell’s recommendation to add 12 additional judgeships to those funded in the coming two-year budget and then elected judges to a number of those vacant seats before departing the Capitol early Thursday morning.
Despite opposition, the Assembly approved funding to create a new circuit court judgeship in the 15th Circuit which includes Hanover County, Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck. Sen. Tommy Norment, R-Williamsburg, told colleagues the addition of a new judgeship while a study of judicial caseloads is underway “makes no sense to me,” according to a report in The Free Lance-Star.
Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, disagreed, saying the new seat is “desperately needed,” the paper reports.