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Napa County Deputy District Attorney Scott Young has been appointed Court Commissioner, filling the vacancy left when former commissioner Victoria D. Wood was sworn in as a judge last fall.

Presiding Judge Elia Ortiz announced Young’s appointment on Thursday.

“I am truly humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve the local community by ensuring that justice is rendered to each and every individual who appears before the court,” Young said in a press release. “I remain deeply grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career and most recently in seeking this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Young, who has been a practicing attorney for more than 12 years, started his career as a sole practitioner handling general family law matters including child custody cases and dissolutions. He worked as a deputy DA in Napa County between 2007 and 2014. Young returned to Napa County in 2017 after working a few years at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

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“Scott Young will treat each litigant before him with the kindness, compassion and dignity that they deserve and that has colored Mr. Young’s career at the District Attorney’s Office,” DA Allison Haley said. “He is an exquisite addition to the bench and will be sorely missed by the entirety of my office.”

Young’s first day will be March 19.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.