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New Case Management Process for Civil Cases

The Florida Supreme Court issued an administrative order mandating that effective April 30, 2021, all chief judges in the state are to actively manage civil cases. The court also outlined the specific criteria to be adopted by the judicial circuits. View Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-23, Amendment 12

Leon County Court Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson awarded Judicial Outreach Award

Leon County Court Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson was awarded the Judicial Outreach Award by the Florida Court Public Information Officers at a virtual awards ceremony held on Wednesday, April 7. Judge Ashenafi Richardson chaired the Education and Outreach Workgroup of Florida’s Judicial Management Council which wrote the 2016 Communication Plan for the Judicial Branch of […]

Michael Deen appointed to serve as Judge on Orange County Court

On March 30, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the judicial appointment of Michael Deen, of Winter Park, to serve as Judge on the Orange County Court. Deen has served as an assistant state attorney in the Ninth Circuit since 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and his law degree from Barry University […]

Orange County Court Judge Gisela Laurent appointed to Ninth Circuit Court

On February 1, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gisela Laurent, of Winter Garden, to serve as a Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court. Judge Laurent has served on the Orange County Court since 2017. She previously served as Sole Practitioner at the Laurent Law Firm, P.A. Laurent is the first female Hispanic […]

COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions for Operational Phase Transitions Amended

The Florida Supreme Court amended administrative order AOSC20-32 IN RE: COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR OPERATIONAL PHASE TRANSITIONS to incorporate the recommendations of the Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations andProceedings During and After Covid-19. The order includes a report titled Requirements, Benchmarks, and Guidelines Governing Operational Phase Transitions, dated December 17, […]

Kevin Kohl Appointed to the Polk County Court

On December 18, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Kevin Kohl, of Lake Wales, to serve as Judge on the Polk County Court. Kohl has been a partner with Boswell & Dunlap since 2015. He previously served as a partner with Kevin Kohl, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Florida State University. […]

E. William “Will” Dyer Appointed to the Bay County Court

On December 18, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Edward William “Will” Dyer, of Panama City, to serve as Judge on the Bay County Court. Dyer has been the owner of E. William Dyer Attorney at Law since 2010. He previously served as an associate with the Law Office of Russell R. Stewart. He received his […]

Brian Gnage Appointed to the Pinellas County Court

On December 18, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Brian Gnage, of Pinellas Park, to serve as Judge on the Pinellas County Court Gnage, of Pinellas Park, has been a prosecutor in the Sixth Circuit State Attorney’s Office since 2011. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Stetson College […]

Robyn Stone Appointed to Indian River County Court

On December 11, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robyn Stone to the Indian River County Court. Stone, of Vero Beach, has been an Assistant State Attorney for the 19th Circuit since 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. […]