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Court approves funding for replacement judges

The Supreme Court of Virginia will set aside $432,000 to pay for judges to fill vacancies created by state budget cuts.

Beginning July 1, state officials will provide this funding to Virginia’s 18 district and circuit court systems affected by a state-mandated hiring freeze, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The money will be used to to hire replacement judges from four to 16 days a month, depending on the severity of need per jurisdiction.

By the end of June, there will be 18 vacant judgeships in the state, with 16 additional vacancies predicted for the following year. The extra funding is not expected to address the root of the issue, but will provide temporary relief to the courts facing shortages.

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