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The Honorable Philip A. Wallace, retired district court judge, will be honored with a Portrait Dedication at the Bedford Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court on September 13 at 3 p.m. when his portrait will be unveiled and permanently hung in the Bedford Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court at the Bedford County Courthouse.
Judge Wallace served the 24th Judicial District Courts with distinction from July 1, 1991, and specifically on the Bedford Juvenile & Domestic Relations bench from 1996 until his retirement on June 30, 2009. During his career, he demonstrated exceptional leadership in the administration of the courts both on a local and statewide level and was active in initiatives directed at improving the administration of justice from the perspective of all users of the judicial system and the agencies that support the court.
Judge Wallace’s statewide contributions included service on the Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force in 1995 and on the Forms Committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts for several years. At the local level he pushed for the establishment of the Victim/Witness Advocate Program, the expansion of the Central Virginia CASA Program, and the development of Bedford Domestic Violence Services.
Judge Wallace brought the Court Service Unit and the school officials together to work on a resolution for truancy issues. This effort resulted in the implementation of the Truancy Review Team in Bedford that allows children and families to access any needed services prior to court involvement. This team has served as a model for other jurisdictions.
Judge Wallace was always one of the first to take advantage of new initiatives offered by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to improve the administration of justice. His court was one of the