Penney S. Azcarate

The Honorable Penney Sue Azcarate (September 1967 - ) is a judge of the Fairfax Circuit Court and was formerly a judge of the Fairfax County General District Court from 2008 to 2015.


Penney Sue Wilson graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1988 and later from the George Mason University School of Law in 1998.[1]

Professional Career

Following her graduation, Azcarate served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for four years, reaching the rank of captain, before transferring to the reserves, from which she was discharged at the rank of major.[1]

After taking her law degree, Azcarate worked as a staff attorney for the American Prosecutors Research Institute .

Azcarate worked as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney from 2000 to 2005 before entering private practice with the firm of Briglia and Hundley. She began working as a substitute District Court judge in 2006, and was invested on June 6, 2008, succeeding Judge Robert J. Smith.[1]

In January 2014, Judge Azcarate became the chief judge of the General District Court, replacing Judge Donald P. McDonough.[2]

Judge Azcarate was elected as a judge on the bench of the Circuit Court on February 25, 2015.[3]


Azcarate is married to Fairfax County Police flack Eddy Azcarate, whom she met while studying at ODU. The couple has four children.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs. New Fairfax County General District Court Judge to Take Oath June 6. Fairfax County News Releases. Fairfax County, 29 May 2008. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.
  2. Jouvenal, Justin. "Woman Heads Fairfax County Court for First Time." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 04 Jan. 2014. Web. 03 June 2014.
  3. Vieth, Peter. "Assembly Elects 42 Trial Court Judges." Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2 Mar. 2015. Web. 04 Mar. 2016.

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