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Judge Penney Azcarate Biography – Judge Penney Azcarate Wiki
Penney S. Azcarate is a judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Fairfax County, Virginia. She was elected as trial court judge of the 19th Circuit by the Virginia General Assembly on February 25, 2015, and took office on July 1, 2015. In March 2021, the Judges of the 19th Judicial Circuit elected Penney S. Azcarate as the Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit commencing July 1, 2021, upon the retirement of Chief Judge Bruce D. White. She became the first female chief judge of the court.
Azcarate obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Old Dominion University in 1988 and her J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 1998.
After enrolling in the ROTC program at Old Dominion University, Judge Azcarate served four years active duty with the United States Marine Corps and several more in the reserves while attending law school. After graduating from George Mason, she became an assistant Commonwealth Attorney for five years before entering private practice.
In 2008, Judge Azcarate was elected by the General Assembly to serve on the General District Court Bench where she became the first female Chief Judge. In 2015, Judge Azcarate was elevated to the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
During her term on the bench, Judge Azcarate spearheaded the initiative to form the first Veterans Treatment Docket in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a specialty court designed to treat Veterans suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues.
During her term in General District Court, Jude Azcarate began to see a pattern of Veterans coming before her on criminal charges with no prior criminal history. She recognized the need to provide the resources necessary for Veterans to transition back to civilian life and receive treatment for various mental health and substance abuse issues that are often a result of the stress of their military service and a contributing factor to their subsequent criminal charges. The VTD serves Veterans who have committed non-violent misdemeanor and felony offenses, facilitating treatment and mentorship programs, as well as providing other resources designed to reintegrate them into the community. Today, Fairfax County has established a Veterans Treatment Docket in each of its three courts, General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court.
Judge Penney Azcarate Age
She was born Penney Sue Azcarate in September 1967.
Judge Penney Azcarate Husband
Is Judge Penney Azcarate married? She is married to her husband Eddy Azcarate, a former Fairfax County Police officer. Eddy is a Deputy Regional Security Advisor with the Secure Community Network and a retired Master Police Officer. He served as a Marine Corps Officer with the United States Marine Corps from May 1993 – Sep 1999 and attained the rank of Major.
He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management from Old Dominion University in 1989. He was on scholarship and graduated with a Commission in the United States Marine Corps, according to his Linkedin profile.
Judge Penney Azcarate Children
Penney S. Azcarate has four kids.
Judge Penney Azcarate Family
Judge Penney S. Azcarate and her husband Eddy Azcarate have four children. Penney and Eddy met while studying at Old Dominion University.
Judge Penney Azcarate Salary
The annual salary fixed by law for judges of the Circuit Courts in Virginia is $175,835. As the Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, Judge Penney Azcarate’s salary is slightly higher than this.
Judge Penney Azcarate Net Worth
Judge Penney Azcarate’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million.