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County Court Judge Caroline Shepherd appointed to 15th Circuit Bench

On October 1, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Caroline Shepherd to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court. The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit serves Palm Beach County. Shepherd, of Palm Beach Gardens, has served as a Palm Beach County Court Judge since 2009. She previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 15th […]

The Shark’s House: Be careful where you hang out

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column The Shark’s House: Be careful where you hang out. 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

County Court Judge Jared Smith Appointed to 13th Judicial Circuit Bench

On September 24, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jared Smith to the Thirteenth Circuit Court. The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court serves Hillsborough County. Smith, 44, of Lutz, Florida, has served as a Hillsborough County Judge since March of 2017. He previously served as a partner at Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell as well […]

County Court Judge Alissa Ellison Appointed to 13th Judicial Circuit Bench

On September 24, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Alissa Ellison to the Thirteenth Circuit Court. The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court serves Hillsborough County. Ellison, 39, of Tampa, Florida, has served as a Hillsborough County Judge since April 2018 and previously served as a shareholder at GrayRobinson. She received her bachelor’s degree from […]

Ask Judge Smith: When ‘the lawyers know too much’

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column When ‘the lawyers know too much’. 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

INFORMATION ON COURT CLOSURES Hurricane Dorian

For information on court closures throughout the state due to Hurricane Dorian, please visit the Florida Supreme Court’s emergency website page located at https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency.

Three Miami-Dade County Judges Appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit Bench

On August 29, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Miami-Dade County Judges William Altfield, Gina Beovides, and Laura Shearon Cruz to the Eleventh Circuit Court. William Altfield, 59, of Miami, has been serving as a Miami-Dade County Court judge since 2011. He previously served as a special assistant in the United States Attorney’s […]