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September 14, 2005

Valdosta - A new judge will help an area Municipal Court settle into new surroundings.

In a ceremony this evening, Vernita Lee Bender was sworn in as Valdosta's first female Municipal Court Judge.

She was appointed after Judge John Edwards was promoted to State Court.  Bender has worked as a lawyer, assistant District Attorney, and municipal court solicitor.

She says those experiences will help her in this new job.  "It's helped me to build a foundation, especially my work as a solicitor here for 2 years. It helped me to build a working knowledge of the Municipal court and what a lot of the duties of a judge would entail," Judge Bender says.

Two weeks ago, the city opened the doors to its brand new Municipal Court building.

The court was previously held in the City Council Chambers.

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