Public Forum for Judge Candidates

This is just the beginning for the seven lawyers vying to replace Judge Paul M. Peatross on the bench. Nominee Committe Chair Don Moris said, "This is one of the most prestigious jobs in the county."

Peatross announced his retirement in November and is effective January 31, 2006.

The seven candiates are: Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Camblos, Charlottesville general district court judge Robert Downer, Assistant Albemarle County prosecutor Jon Zug, Charlottesville deputy Commonwealth's attorney Claude Worrell and lawyers Cheryl Higgins, Lee Livingston, and Patricia Brady.

During a public forum Thursday the seven potential candidates answered questions from why they should be the next judge to specific questions on the law.

The decision on Peatross' replacement is ultimately up to state legislators who will most likely appoint the Bars nominee but can also choose its own candidate.

The Bar is expected to make its nomination by January 10th and the general assembly is expected to make an appointment before January 31st.

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