MONTPELIER, VT. >> Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed four new judges, three of them to fill vacancies created by retirement and one to address increasing caseloads related to child protection and opiate abuse.

John Pacht, a Burlington attorney, will fill a judgeship recently funded to help child protection and drug abuse across Vermont.

Chittendon County Deputy State's Attorney Mary Morrissey will succeed Judge Michael Kupersmith; Windsor County State's Attorney Michael Kainen will follow Judge John Wesley; and Burlington attorney Michael Harris will succeed Judge Amy Davenport.