Judge Pro Tempore
In Virginia, a Circuit Court Judge, with the consent of the parties, may appoint a lawyer to serve as the Judge Pro Tempore (“Judge Pro Tem”) in a particular case. Subject to any limitations in the empowering Order, the Judge Pro Tem has the same powers and duties as a regularly elected Circuit Court Judge (see VA Code Section 17.1-110 and Sample Order below). These procedures allow the parties to choose their own Judge for that particular case and to have greater control over scheduling and other logistical matters. In a world of increasingly crowded court dockets, this flexibility can be very helpful to parties in litigation.
Virtually all of our Neutrals are available to serve as Judges Pro Tempore.