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McDonnell accepting applications for judgeships

Candidates for Virginia circuit court judgeships who failed to win election by the General Assembly have another questionnaire to complete.

Gov. Bob McDonnell Tuesday announced the process for interested candidates to apply for six funded-but-unfilled judicial vacancies on Virginia’s circuit courts. The governor’s office posted a 10-page, 39-question form for candidates on the governor’s website.

The governor also encourages comment from individuals or interested bar associations or groups.

The General Assembly adjourned April 4 without filling vacancies in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 20th, and 25th Judicial Circuits. The Virginia Constitution gives the governor the authority to fill circuit court vacancies “which may exist while the General Assembly is not in session.”

“Selecting individuals to serve on the bench in Virginia is one of the most important functions for our Commonwealth,” McDonnell said in a news release. “I will be seeking out the most qualified candidates for these positions, and I encourage all interested individuals to apply.”

Any judge appointed by the governor must be elected at the next General Assembly session to remain in office. Under the state Constitution, the temporary appointees “serve until thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly.”

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