Ask Judge Smith: To plea or not to plea, that is the question

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column To plea or not to plea, that is the question. Judge Layne Smith is a Leon County Court Judge who often speaks and writes about civics, the law, and the administration of justice. Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Lori Ann Winstead appointed to Polk County Bench

On Friday, July 26, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lori Ann Winstead to the Polk County Court. Winstead, 39, of Lakeland, Florida, is an Assistant State Attorney for the Thirteenth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and her law degree from Barry School of Law. […]

Heather Doyle appointed to Manatee County Bench

On Friday, July 26, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Heather Doyle to the Manatee County Court. Doyle, 43, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, is a Chief Assistant State Attorney in the Twelfth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her law […]

Jason Nimeth appointed to Lake County Bench

On Friday, July 26, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jason Nimeth to the Lake County Court. Nimeth, 34, of Leesburg, Florida, is an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Barry University School of […]

Conference of County Court Judges of Florida Award Winners

Last Wednesday night, the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida convened for the 2019 awards presentation, where four very worthy nominees were recognized. The Conference presented three awards: the Harvey Ford Award, the Amy Karan Award, and the Non-Judicial Award. The Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence was also personally presented by Chief Justice […]

Jeffrey Hendriks Appointed to St. Lucie County Court

Hendriks, of Port St. Lucie, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has been a major crimes prosecutor for the 19th Circuit State Attorney’s Office since 2016. He has previously served as a felony supervisor and an Assistant State Attorney for the 19th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree […]

Ask Judge Smith: Ostriches and blabbermouths lose cases

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Ostriches and blabbermouths lose cases. Judge Layne Smith is a Leon County Court Judge who often speaks and writes about civics, the law, and the administration of justice. Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Ask Judge Smith: Stand and be counted

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Stand and be counted: Defendant enters plea during arraignment. Judge Layne Smith is a Leon County Court Judge who often speaks and writes about civics, the law, and the administration of justice. Source: Tallahassee Democrat