District Judge Amy Brazil will be appointed as 20th Judicial District Circuit Court judge for the 5th Division over juvenile court on Jan. 1, she confirmed Wednesday.

Brazil said she received a letter of Governor Mike Beebe’s intent to appoint her to the position Monday.

The governor’s office had not yet formally announced new appointments Wednesday, but a spokesperson said the information would be released "soon."

Brazil, who replaced her uncle, the late Judge Russell "Jack" Roberts, in July 2010, was defeated in the primary election for the new 9th District judge’s seat by Susan Weaver.

"After losing the election I looked and prayed for direction. I applied for this position, and this is obviously what God wanted," Brazil said.

Brazil said she requested the position because she would like to continue the "good work" of expanding the juvenile court system that has been started by Judge Rhonda Wood.

Wood, who has served as circuit judge for the division over juvenile court cases since 2006, was elected to the court of appeals for the district that covers Faulkner County.

Brazil said she wants to continue to help juveniles who are at risk, and to continue the teen court program, which allows area high school seniors to take part in and learn about the judicial system.

Arkansas State Police troopers presented Brazil with a plaque Wednesday in recognition of her service in her role as district judge.

Captain Keith Eremea presented the recognition to Brazil, thanking her for being "fair to the public and fair to police in her rulings."

"Her rulings have made a difference in Faulkner County," Eremea said. "She has bent over backwards for us and for the public."

Brazil said she is humbled by the new appointment and thanks "all who have helped me obtained this position, especially John Allison," who she said recommended her.

Brazil’s appointment is effective until Dec. 31, 2014.

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