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Ask Judge Smith: Out with the old and in with the new

Leon County Court Judge Layne Smith is writing a series of columns in the Tallahassee Democrat to help the public answer common questions about the court process such as civics, history, the constitution, criminal law, civil law, and legal procedure. Read his recent column in the Tallahassee Democrat. Source: Tallahassee Democrat

County Court Judge James Baxley Appointed to Fifth Judicial Circuit

On August 17, 2018, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of County Court Judge James R. Baxley to the Fifth Judicial Circuit. James R. Baxley, 49, of Eustis, is a County Court Judge in Lake County and previously was a partner at Hatfield and Baxley P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of […]

Hope Pattey Appointed to Polk County Court

On August 17, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed Hope Pattey to the Polk County Court replacing Judge Gerald P. Hill II who was appointed to a circuit judgeship in April. She formerly served as the director of homicide division for the State Attorney’s Office. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida […]

Dana Moss Appointed to Sarasota County Court

On August 17, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed Dana Moss to the Sarasota County Court. Moss is a former police officer and felony division chief for the Public Defender’s Office in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. She earned her law degree from Florida Coastal Law School and bachelor’s degree at Penn State University. She will replace […]

County Court Judge Jamie Grosshans Appointed to Fifth District Court of Appeal

On July 27, 2018, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Jamie R. Grosshans to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Judge Jamie R. Grosshans, 39, of Winter Garden, is a county judge for Orange County, and previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Mitchell D. Bishop to Union County Court

On July 12, Governor Rick Scott appointed Mitchell D. Bishop of St. Augustine, to Union County Court. Bishop fills the vacancy left by Judge Bo Bayer’s resignation. Bishop, 36, of St. Augustine, is an Assistant State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit and a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. A graduate of […]

Phoebee Francois Appointed to Broward County Court

Judge Phoebee Francois was sworn into office by Chief Judge Jack Tuter on Monday, July 2, three days after being appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Scott. Judge Francois is a former Hearing Officer in the Seventeenth Circuit. Source: