Smith appointed to JDR court

Kim Robins - Posted on Feb 20, 2019 - 02:13 PM

Photo: Holly B. Smith

Holly B. Smith

The General Assembly voted last Thursday to appoint Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly B. Smith as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge in the 9th Judicial District. 

The appointment is for a six-year term beginning July 1. The 9th Judicial District includes Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, York, Charles City, James City/Williamsburg, King William and King and Queen.

“It has truly been my honor to serve the citizens of Gloucester,” Smith said. “I am committed to a life of public service and hope that this will be just another way I can continue to serve.” 

“I got my start as a prosecutor on a Special Victims Unit team in the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s Office handling crimes committed by juveniles, child sexual assault and abuse and domestic violence cases. So, I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the work that began my career.”

A graduate of Poquoson High School, Smith completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia before pursuing her law degree at the College of William and Mary. 

After graduation, Smith worked in the Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office where she served on various teams of prosecutors. She was a prosecutor in the Williamsburg and James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Smith was elected Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2011.

Smith’s seat as Commonwealth’s Attorney is up for election in November. According to the Code of Virginia, the county could petition the circuit court to request that no special election be ordered. Upon receipt of such petition, the court shall grant such request.

“The highest ranking deputy officer, or in the case of the office of attorney for the Commonwealth, the highest ranking full-time assistant attorney for the Commonwealth, who is qualified to vote for and hold that office, shall be vested with the powers and shall perform all of the duties of the office, and shall be entitled to all the privileges and protections afforded by law to elected or appointed constitutional officers, for the remainder of the unexpired term,” Virginia Code states.