Archive for January, 2019

New Mediation Pilot Program for Landlord-Tenant Disputes


In an effort to make it easier for landlords and their tenants to resolve their disputes without the tenant being evicted, the Sixth Judicial Circuit is launching a six-month pilot program whose aim is to encourage mediation. Pinellas County Court Judges Edwin Jagger and Lorraine Kelly will participate in the pilot program. Read more about the program at this link.

Source: Sixth Judicial Circuit

Erin Perry Appointed Duval County Court Judge

On January 7, 2019, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Erin Perry to be Duval County’s new judge.

Perry, 37, was an assistant state attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. She replaces former Duval County Court Judge Lester Bass, who was appointed by Scott to fill a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit bench created by the resignation of retired Judge Robert Foster.

A career prosecutor, Perry’s first assignment was in county court, then she was transferred to circuit court. Her current assignment is division chief and she prosecutes homicides and other major crimes.

She was one of six candidates for the seat submitted to Scott by the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Perry said in her interview before the commission that while her legal experience is limited to criminal prosecution, she has in the past year completed 16 hours of civil practice certification study.

Commission Chair Patrick Kilbane commented on Perry’s background check conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He described it as “spotless, not even a moving violation.”

Perry received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2007.

Source: JAX Daily Record

Robert Watson Appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On January 7, 2019, Robert Watson was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court. Watson, 47, of Miami, is a Principal with Kobre & Kim LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from Stanford Law School. Watson fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Alex Bokor.

Source: flgov.com

Natalie Moore Appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On January 7, 2019, Natalie Moore was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court. Moore, 38, of Cooper City, is an Assistant State Attorney and Training Director in the State Attorney’s Office for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from the University of Florida. Moore fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Carlos Guzman.

Source: flgov.com

Carly Wish Appointed to Orange County Court

On January 4, 2019, Carly Wish was appointed a county court judge for Orange County. Wish, 42, is a staff attorney at the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa and her law degree from Barry University School of Law. Wish fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Jamie Grosshans to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Source: Orlando Political Observer