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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

Legislature finally funds new judge for Citrus County

The Florida Legislature has finally approved a new county court judge for Citrus County. That is very good news, especially for veteran county court Judge Mark Yerman. Judge Yerman has been the county judge for Citrus since he was first elected in 1993, and he has experienced a more than 100-percent increase in the caseload […]

Stephanie Silver Appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On June 5, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Stephanie Silver to the Miami-Dade County Court. Silver, 42, of Miami, has been Assistant State Attorney for the 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office since 2000. She is currently the Chief of the County Court Division. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of […]

Zachary James Appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On June 5, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Zachary James to the Miami-Dade County Court. James, 39, of Miami, has been a partner at Meland, Russin and Budwick P.A. since 2011. He formerly served as a prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of […]

Charles Young Appointed to Escambia County Court

On June 5, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Charles Young to the Escambia County Court. Young, 58, of Pensacola, has been an attorney at Clark Partington & Hart since 2018. He formerly served as a civics teacher before attending law school. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his […]