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Shaw, Merritt receive judicial appointments from General Assembly

Two local 9th Judicial Circuit positions were filled last Thursday by the Virginia General Assembly, which is meeting in a special session.

Judge Jeffrey W. Shaw, who currently serves as the general district court judge for Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex and New Kent counties, was appointed to the circuit court to replace Judge R. Bruce Long, who retired in January.

Shaw has been a district court judge since 2010, serving the 9th Circuit as a district court judge pro tem for a year before that. He also spent 10 years as a partner in the Gloucester law firm Dusewicz, Soberick and Shaw.

Additionally, his career includes six years, first as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, and then as a deputy commonwealth’s attorney, in Hampton’s Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

Shaw received his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992.

Replacing Shaw on the general dist...

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