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Javier Enríquez appointed County Court Judge on Miami-Dade County Court

On November 4, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Javier A. Enríquez to serve as County Court Judge on the Miami-Dade County Court. Enriquez has served as the General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families since 2019. Previously, Enriquez practiced family and corporate law as a solo practitioner. He […]

County Court Judge Jessica Costello appointed to Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

On September 24, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of County Court Judge Jessica Costello and three others to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. Costello, of Tampa, is a County Court Judge in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Previously, she was an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor and an Assistant State Attorney in the Thirteenth Judicial […]

Judges Roberto Arias and Michael Bagge-Hernandez honored during Hispanic Heritage Month

Judge Roberto Arias, Duval County and Judge Michael Baggé-Hernández, Hillsborough County, were among five Hispanic judges across the state to be honored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association at the 2nd Annual Florida Jurist: Recognizing Hispanic Excellence event on September 23, 2021. The celebration is part of Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15th to Oct.15th. […]

Governor DeSantis appoints 13 new County Court Judges

On September 16, 2021, Governor DeSantis announced County Court Judge appointments in Citrus, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, and St. Johns Counties. Nine of the judicial appointments will fill new vacancies that were created by the Florida Legislature. Charles Helm to serve as Judge on the Citrus County Court Charles Helm […]

County Court Judges Kite, Harper and Vizcaino appointed to Circuit Bench

On September 16, 2021, Governor DeSantis appointed three County Court Judges to the Circuit bench in the Fourth, Eleventh, and Fifteenth Circuits. London Kite to serve as Judge on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kite has served on the Duval County Court since her appointment in 2020. Previously, she served for 17 years as […]

Judge Susan Barber discusses Opioid and Stimulant Use Awareness Month

The Tenth Judicial Circuit reported on their website that Judge Susan Barber recently appeared on Polk Place to discuss September being designated by Chief Justice Charles Canady as Opioid and Stimulant Use Awareness month. View the appearance at this link: Source: Tenth Judicial Circuit

Florida Courts Opioid and Stimulant Use Awareness Month September 2021

Chief Justice Charles T. Canady issued a proclamation establishing September 2021 “as a month of awareness, training, and action regarding opioids, stimulants, and treatment for related substance use disorders.” Read the proclamation and view Chief Justice Canady’s video message on the Court’s Opioid & Stimulants Initiative webpage at Source:

Judge Florence Barner recognized as Legacy South Florida 40 Under 40

The Honorable Florence Taylor Barner has been recognized in the Legacy South Florida 40 Under 40 2021 issue, featuring black leaders of today and tomorrow. Congratulations, Judge Barner! Read the article posted on the Seventeenth Circuit’s website at this link: Source: