Prince William County’s new Circuit Court Judge has begun his eight-year term.
On Friday, James A. Willett took the Oath of Office at an investiture sponsored by the Prince William County Bar Association.
The General Assembly appointed Willett the 31st Judicial Circuit in March.
He replaced Craig D. Johnston, who retired, according to a release.
Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul B. Ebert introduced Willett, who he called “a student of the law.”
“The best thing about Jim is that he is honorable and fair,” Ebert told ceremony attendees. “He lets you know where you stand.” And he believes people should be treated fairly regardless of their station in life.”
Ebert was joined by Willett’s friend and classmate Charles J. Zauzig, III.
“What do I know about Jim Willett?” Zauzig said at the investiture. “He’s smart, tough, fair, loves the law, loves trial by jury, understands what justice feels like, and is a man of great character.”
Senator Scott Surovell spoke about Willett’s responsibilities as Circuit Court Judge and said that several characteristics — including Willett’s knowledge, wisdom and experience — played a role in his appointment.
The oath of office was administered by Mary Grace O’Brien from the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
Willett thanked several individuals and organizations for their support.
He also recognized his father, his brother Mike, and his friends Paul Cushman and Judge Will Jarvis.
Willett earned his bachelor’s from Monmouth College in Illinois, his master of public administration from The Pennsylvania State University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.
He has served as a prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Prince William County for 31 years.
Willet, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has received several awards, including the Warren Von Schuch Distinguished Prosecutor Award and the Trial Advocacy Award from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation.
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