Legislators in the 26th Judicial Circuit announced Wednesday their choices for new judges in Rockingham County.
Clark Ritchie, the deputy commonwealth's attorney in Rockingham County, and Judge Ronald Napier, a juvenile and domestic relations court judge, are nominated for circuit court judge positions.
Harrisonburg defense attorney John Hart was nominated for a general district court judgeship.
Assistant Rockingham County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Bailey was nominated for a juvenile and domestic relations court judgeship.
The Virginia General Assembly would have to approve the nominations. A vote is scheduled to take place on Sept. 18.
Sen. Mark Obenshain said the area was in need of additional judges.
“The 26th Judicial Circuit has one of the highest workloads per judge of any circuit in the Commonwealth," said Obenshain, in a press release. "I look forward to acting on these eminently qualified judicial candidates to ensure that the people of this circuit are assured the legal access and speedy trials to which they are constitutionally entitled.”