Virginia Magistrate Spotlight
Honorable Martesha Bishop
Magistrate Bishop has been a night-shift magistrate for fourteen years and her experience has been invaluable to the City of Richmond. I'm nominating Magistrate Bishop because she has been an exemplary trainer and coworker. As a fairly new magistrate, on the job training can be just as intimidating as the certification exam. Magistrate Bishop helped me gain a more insightful understanding of what we do for the Commonwealth’s judicial system and over the months we have worked together, I have watched her enable those around her to do their best work too. Her patience and keen understanding of the work we do has been an invaluable part of my on-going training as a magistrate and I learn something helpful every time I work with her. Magistrate Bishop’s ability to do the job well while also teaching new magistrates in a way that makes the job more approachable are skills that I admire and respect.
While I would gladly nominate each of the magistrates in my district, I chose Martesha because I have gained the utmost appreciation for the style of professionalism that she brings into her hearings. Her knowledge of the legal system is impressive and the way she explains important parts of the probable cause process to our constituents and the other agencies we work with has been a vital part of her success as magistrate. Magistrate Bishop is not only wildly good at her job, she is also a highly organized and diligent individual. She is a kind and compassionate coworker and the more I work with her, the more I find myself motivated to be the best I can be to better serve our community.
In addition to working the daunting night shift, she also commutes to northern Virginia to work her second job on her days off. She carefully balances her work life with family and friends and takes time to make those who encounter her at work feel listened to and valued. How she finds the time to do it all and still come to work full of grace, patience, and good humor are a few of the many wonderful things about Martesha Bishop. I think she is well-deserving of the spotlight in the VMA Newsletter and I appreciate all she does for our district!
Magistrate - District 13, Region 6
Congratulations to Magistrate Bishop!