Judges are appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the local the BAR associations to the delegate(s) for that district. They serve for 8 years and are usually reappointed unless they make a bonehead move, like Parker. There is case study, like Judge Andrews in Hampton who tossed a DUI of a local high school football coach. He wasn't reappointed. Hopefully, Parker will feel the same heat as he is up for reappointment next year.<quoted text>
I never paid much attention to Virginia's system untill I started reading the articles about this mess in Gloucester County. I was surprised to learn that your judges are appointed. We elect judges here, and even our district magistrates. Am I wrong in my assumption that once a judge is appointed, he has that job/title untill he chooses to retire? Because if that is the case, I'm wondering what compels him to be fair and unbiased? Maybe you folks ought to start a letter writing campaign to your state legislature to get that changed.
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#142 Apr 8, 2009
#143 Apr 8, 2009
Thanks. That clears up a lot of questions. I still think I like our system of electing judges, though. What do you think?
#144 Apr 9, 2009
My understanding that the judges get re-appointed every so many years. Parker is up for reappointment in 2010, I believe.
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