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Meeting Held on Cville Circuit Court Judge Candidate Endorsement

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UPDATE: The Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association has named the person it thinks is best suited to replace Judge Edward Hogshire. David Franzén has been nominated for Charlottesville circuit court judge. Franzén works in private practice at Feil, Pettit & Williams.


The process is moving forward for the selection of a new Charlottesville circuit court judge. Members of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association (CABA) are scheduled to meet Tuesday to decide who they will recommend.

Judge Edward Hogshire has announced his retirement as a circuit court judge in the 16th district. Tuesday's meeting is part of the process for CABA to pick a candidate to endorse for the position.

There are five candidates seeking the CABA's endorsement. The candidates are David B. Franzén, Richard E. Moore, Neal L. Walters, Claude V. Worrell, II and Joseph W. Wright, III.

Last month, the five candidates participated in a public interview forum where they each answered questions about what qualities they think are important for a circuit court judge, how they would work to help transition people back into the community after serving time in jail, and why they want to be a circuit court judge.

Members of the CABA Judicial Endorsements Committee have picked which candidates they consider highly qualified. Those three candidates are Wright, Franzén and Moore.

"The main things that we look for in our experience with these folks are a sense of judicial temperament. We don't want somebody who is going to have a mercurial temperament and fly off the handle all the time. Obviously intelligence, knowledge of the law, and also an ability to connect to people as individuals to make rulings that are going to reflect those views of humanity that we hope our judicial system reflects," said Lloyd Snook, legal analyst and a member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association judicial endorsements committee.

It's now up to CABA to vote for a nominee. The final decision on who will be Charlottesville's new circuit court judge will be made by the General Assembly.

"Tuesday afternoon we will have a vote. Perhaps two rounds of voting to get down to one candidate and then we will send that person off to our legislators," Snook said. "Of course, the legislators can nominate anyone they wish. We hope that they will consider our endorsement. It will have been the product of a lot of thought, a lot of discussion, a lot of experience with these folks."

The CABA expects the position to be filled sometime this month. Judge Hogshire's term expires January 27.

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