Archive for July, 2018

County Court Judge Jamie Grosshans Appointed to Fifth District Court of Appeal


On July 27, 2018, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Jamie R. Grosshans to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Judge Jamie R. Grosshans, 39, of Winter Garden, is a county judge for Orange County, and previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College and her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Grosshans fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge William D. Palmer.

Source: www.flgov.com

Gov. Scott Announces Intent to Appoint Judge Lester Bass to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court


On July 26, 2018, Governor Rick Scott announced his intent to appoint Judge Lester Bass to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Throughout his career, Judge Bass has demonstrated a commitment to his community and to public service. His service on the County Court has reflected the values we should expect from the judiciary: integrity, a tireless work ethic, respect for the rule of law, and an unwavering belief in equal justice under the law. I am confident that Judge Bass will continue to serve families in the Fourth Judicial Circuit with distinction.”

Gregory S. Redmon, Esq., President of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association, said, “On behalf of the Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association, I applaud Governor Scott’s decision to appoint Judge Lester Bass to the Circuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Judge Bass is a very high caliber gentleman of keen intellect, sterling character, uncompromising fairness, and unbounded concern for his fellow man. As he has been in the County Court, the Honorable Lester Bass will be an outstanding member of the Circuit Court. Congratulations Judge Bass!”

Bass, 55, of Jacksonville, has served as a County Judge for Duval County since 2014. He previously served for eleven years as a General Magistrate and Hearing Officer in the Fourth Judicial Circuit and has also served as an Assistant Public Defender, Assistant State Attorney, and as an attorney with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

Bass received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Robert M. Foster.

The Governor’s authority to appoint Judge Foster’s successor was affirmed today by the First District Court of Appeal in Scott v. Trotti, Case No. 1D18-2387 (July 26, 2018). Governor Scott intends to formally appoint Judge Bass to the Fourth Judicial Circuit when the First District’s decision becomes final.

Source: www.flgov.com

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Mitchell D. Bishop to Union County Court

On July 12, Governor Rick Scott appointed Mitchell D. Bishop of St. Augustine, to Union County Court. Bishop fills the vacancy left by Judge Bo Bayer’s resignation.

Bishop, 36, of St. Augustine, is an Assistant State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit and a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. A graduate of Union County High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.

Source: http://www.wcjb.com

Chief Justice Canady Speaks with Law Student Interns at Polk County Courthouse

On May 31, Chief Justice Canady spoke with law student interns at the Polk County Courthouse. This is the sixth year the Tenth Judicial Circuit has offered law students the opportunity to participate in this observation-based internship program. The program began Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and ended Friday, June 15, 2018. The interns observed firsthand the workings of the judiciary, with emphasis on County Court, and have the opportunity to learn of the many practice areas available to those pursuing a career in the law. Participants observed small claims; county civil and county/felony criminal hearings and trials; first appearance hearings; street and jail arraignments; pretrial conferences; and jury trials. Participants also had the opportunity to tour the Courthouse, the County Jail and the Polk County Sheriff’s Command Center, while meeting with personnel from the State Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, the County Attorney’s office, the Sheriff’s legal office, private-practice attorneys, mediators, special masters and law clerks.

Source: County Judge Robert G. Fegers