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Judicial Screening

The FBA Judicial Screening Committee is charged with evaluating candidates seeking appointment to the Fairfax Circuit, General District, and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts.  The nine committee members, recommended by the FBA Nominating Committee and elected by the FBA Board of Directors, serve three-year staggered terms, so each year three new members are appointed.


The FBA Judicial Screening Committee invites all judicial candidates to appear before our committee. Based upon a written application and interview candidates are eligible to receive one of the following ratings.


  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Qualified
  • Not Found Qualified

To view the Rules of the Fairfax Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee (updated May 2016), please click here.


Notice of Judicial Screening for Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Judgeship(s)

The Fairfax Bar Association's Judicial Screening Committee will conduct interviews of applicants for one or more anticipated vacancies on the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court bench. 


Please be advised that the Rules of the Judicial Screening Committee have been revised effective May 2016. Candidates seeking an interview with the FBA Judicial Screening Panel must read and comply with the Rules of the Judicial Screening Committee.       

Applications (thirty-six copies), a photo, and a biography (not to exceed one hundred (100) words) must be returned to Jana Sehrer, Assistant Executive Director, Fairfax Bar Association, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 216, Fairfax, VA 22030, by 4:00 PM, Monday, November 20, 2017.                             

Applications may be obtained from the Fairfax Bar Association office, via email, or downloaded from this link. For those members who choose to download the application, please provide contact information including name, telephone number, and email address to Jana Sehrer at (703) 246-2084, or email her at to receive notice of changes.  


As stated in the FBA Judicial Screening Rules, "Absent a request from the Chairs of the Northern Virginia Legislative Delegation or the Governor, the results of this screening process shall be utilized for the current advertised vacancy(ies), as well as any anticipated and unanticipated vacancy(ies) on the same court occurring during the period beginning with the commencement of the legislative session during which the advertised vacancy(ies) will be filled and continuing until the commencement of the next legislative session."  

Please note: The Fairfax Bar Association interviews are tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 4th & Tuesday, December 5th, depending on the number of applicants. The location has yet to be determined.  

Interviews with the Northern Virginia Delegation have not yet been scheduled.

If you have any questions about the online election, please contact the Fairfax Bar Association at 703-246-2740.
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