Newly appointed Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin took her oath of office Wednesday morning, according to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deals press office.
Colvin, 48, is the first black woman to sit on the Macon Circuit Superior Court bench.
She worked as a federal prosecutor before Deal chose her to fill a vacancy created by Chief Judge S. Phillip Browns retirement at the end of 2013.
The Macon Circuit is comprised of Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.
Colvin will be handling half of Bibb Countys civil cases and will preside over the circuits family violence and mental health courts.
Her seat will come up for election in 2016.
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