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Hewitt named new circuit court judge for area

The Westmoreland Journal of Westmoreland, Virginia

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Move fills vacancy dating to spring

Local attorney Herbert Moseley Hewitt has been selected by the Virginia General Assembly as the new resident judge for King George County Circuit Court.

Hewitt has been in private practice in the county for many years.

"I applaud the legislature for its appointment," said King George Circuit Court Clerk Vic Mason. "Mr. Hewitt possesses all the traits, knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a judge."

"His many years of experience in domestic relations, juvenile proceedings, criminal law and civil law, coupled with his even temperament, integrity and sense of fairness makes him a huge asset to the legal system."

Hewitt was named to the 15th Judicial Circuit, which includes 10 jurisdictions from Fredericksburg to the Northern Neck, including King George and Westmoreland counties. His appointment will help relieve a judicial shortage that has had. court clerks juggling schedules and judges since April. In addition to Hewitt, attorney Victoria Willis, of Fredericksburg, was named to a 15th circuit vacancy.

Several attempts to reach Hewitt for comment were unsuccessful.

"I wish to thank the various retired judges who have agreed to sit in King George on our designated circuit days for the past six months while King George had no regularly scheduled judge," Mason said. "Without their dedication and commitment, the legal system would have surely suffered."

Virginia Speaker of the House Bill Howell said Hewitt had unanimous support for his appointment. Howell said Hewitt, who has a bachelor's of science degree and a law degree from George Mason University and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1984, will be sworn in Dec. 1.

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2014

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