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Fulton to receive professionalism award

Norfolk Circuit Judge Junius P. Fulton III will receive the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section next month. The award honors members of the legal community for contributions to the improvement of the criminal justice system.

For more than 20 years, Fulton has served as a judge of the Norfolk Circuit Court. He oversaw the development and implementation of both drug court and reentry court dockets. He claims the distinction of being the longest serving drug court judge in the commonwealth, having presided over a drug court docket from 1998 to 2018.

One lawyer wrote in her nomination that Fulton has a “sharp wit and compassion for those in need while also being able to clearly articulate rulings on complex legal issues. He is respectful to litigants and to criminal defendants even when they have been charged with horrible offenses.”

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Fulton worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney and later in private practice. He graduated from the University of Virginia and received his JD from the College of William & Mary.

Fulton is to receive the award Feb. 14 at the VSB Criminal Law Seminar in Williamsburg.