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Duval County Judge Gary Flower recognized for service to seniors

On Monday, October 28, 2019, Duval County Judge Gary Flower and two others were recognized with the 2019 Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocacy Award for helping create the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse program at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. Read the full article in the Jacksonville Daily Record. Source: Jacksonville Daily Record

Ask Judge Smith: My patriotic, flag-waving jury service speech

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column My patriotic, flag-waving jury service speech. 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

Collier County Adult Drug Court Celebrates 20 Years

COLLIER COUNTY ADULT DRUG COURT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF CHANGING AND SAVING LIVES! On Tuesday, October 15, Courtroom 2A was filled to capacity with hope and gratitude. Dozens of community leaders joined judges, lawyers, counselors, probation officers and citizens in a rousing celebration of the power of recovery. Founded in 1999 by the Honorable William […]

Bruce Carney appointed Citrus County Judge

On October 15, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment Bruce Carney to the Citrus County Court. Carney, of Beverly Hills, has served as an attorney for the Law Office of J. Michael Blackstone since 1994. He previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s […]

Andrea Totten appointed Flagler County Judge

On October 15, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment Andrea Totten to the Flagler County Court. Totten, of Bunnell, has served as an Assistant Attorney General in Criminal Appeals since 2013. She previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Seventh Circuit Court, and prior to that, as an Assistant State Attorney in […]

Safeguards help achieve fair and impartial juries

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Safeguards help achieve fair and impartial juries. 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 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 […]