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New Video on Preparing for Your Day in Civil Court

Here’s a link to a new video from the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice to offer guidance to self-represented litigants preparing to file or answer a civil complaint. Source: Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

Ask Judge Smith: Get legal advice; make a will to help your family

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Get legal advice; make a will to help your family. 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

Steve Berlin appointed to Pinellas County Court

On November 26, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Steve Berlin to the Pinellas County Court. Pinellas County is located within the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Berlin, of St. Petersburg, has been a litigator for Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell since 2017. Previously, he was an Army Judge Advocate while he served as a Lieutenant […]

Court Court Jurisdictional Changes on January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, changes in Florida state law and the Florida Rules of Procedure will go into effect, changing where a variety of court actions are heard. For more information on county court jurisdictional changes, visit www.flcourts.org/Know-Your-Court. Source: flcourts.org

Ask Judge Smith: Thanksgiving from a most unlikely source

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Thanksgiving from a most unlikely source. 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: What a jury doesn’t hear and why it matters

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column What a jury doesn’t hear and why it matters. 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

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 […]