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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


Notice of Judicial Screening for Fairfax Circuit Court & General District Court Judgeships

The Fairfax Bar Association's Judicial Screening Committee will convene two panels to conduct interviews of applicants for:

  • Two (2) Anticipated Vacancies on the Fairfax Circuit Court Bench; and
  • Two (2) Anticipated Vacancies on the Fairfax General District Court Bench.  


Please be advised that both the Rules of the Judicial Screening Committee and the Judicial Screening Application were revised in September 2013.   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, Friday, October 23, 2015


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 e-mail 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 Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th, depending on the number of applicants.  The location has yet to be determined. 


Interviews with the Northern Virginia Delegation are tentatively scheduled for mid-December.





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