Archive for November, 2018

County Court Judge Lester Bass’ Appointment to Circuit Court Confirmed


UPDATE: On November 26, 2018, County Court Judge Lester Bass’ appointment to the Fourth Judicial Circuit was confirmed.

Source: floridapolitics.com

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

County Court Judge Carlos Guzman Appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit

Governor Rick Scott appointed County Court Judge Carlos Guzman to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit to the seat previously held by Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Oshan. Guzman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his J.D. degree from Villanova University. Prior to his appointment in 2012, he served as the chief assistant statewide prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office, an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and a Special Agent/Legal Advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also practiced with Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya.

Source: floridapolitics.com

County Court Judge Alexander Bokor Appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit

Governor Rick Scott appointed Miami-Dade County Court Judge Alexander Bokor to the circuit seat previously held by Stephen Millan. Bokor earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to his appointment to the county court in 2016, Bokor was an assistant county attorney for Miami-Dade County. His professional experience also includes work as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday and as an attorney with the law firms Jones Day and Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.

Source: floridapolitics.com

Paige Hardy Gillman Appointed to Palm Beach County Court

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed Paige Hardy Gillman to replace Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino. Gillman earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She was formerly a litigation associate at the West Palm Beach firm Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka, Thomas and Weiss. Gillman will preside over misdemeanor cases and minor civil disputes.

Source: Palm Beach Post