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The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit will have four new judges, two of whom will serve in newly created positions.

Claude Worrell, a current Sixteenth Circuit juvenile and domestic relations judge, will become a circuit judge, filling a position created by the General Assembly this session. Worrell had worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Charlottesville until 2013, when he assumed his current role.

Worrell’s old position will be backfilled by Culpeper defense attorney Gil Berger.

Two former Albemarle prosecutors round out the rest of the appointments.

Darby G. Lowe, current deputy commonwealth’s attorney for Albemarle, will fill a newly created position in the juvenile and domestic relations court. Lowe has served the county for 25 years and was the recipient of the Virginia S. “Ginny” Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Prosecutor Award in 2017.

Matthew J. Quatrara, a former assistant commonwealth’s attorney in both Charlottesville and Albemarle who is now an attorney with the firm Lenhart Petit, will serve as a general district court judge. He will replace retiring Charlottesville General District Court Judge Bob Downer.

Worrell will begin an eight-year term on April 1. Berger, Lowe and Quatrara will serve six-year terms starting July 1.

The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit includes Charlottesville and Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties.

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