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Nicole Mirra Appointed to Lee County Court

On July 12, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Nicole Mirra to serve as County Court Judge on the Lee County Court. Mirra, of Fort Myers, has served as staff counsel at Allstate Insurance since 2019. Previously, she served as an Assistant State Attorney for 13 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast […]

Julie Taylor Appointed to Duval County Court

On June 11, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Julie Taylor, of Jacksonville, to serve as Judge on the Duval County Court. Since 2017, Taylor has served as General Counsel for the 4th Judicial Circuit Court. In 2021, she became a Special Magistrate and Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer. Previously in her career, she also served […]

Chief Justice Canady lifts courtroom COVID-19 restrictions, makes other changes

On June 4, 2021, Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an order allowing courts around Florida to lift requirements to wear masks and distance from others while in courtrooms during proceedings. Improved health measurements, increased vaccination rates, and updated official health guidance all prompted the changes. Read the full order at this link: Source: Florida […]

Second Judicial Circuit Recognizes Drug Awareness Program Month

A news release issued May 24, 2021, by the Second Judicial Circuit regarding Drug Awareness Program Month, recognizes the dedicated leadership of Leon County Court Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson and other team members of the Adult Felony Drug Court Team. The team includes Judicial Assistant Blanca Delgado-Chavez, Assistant State Attorney Owen McCaul, Assistant Public Defender Edrene […]

J. Logan Murphy appointed Judge on the Hillsborough County Court

On May 28, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of J. Logan Murphy to the Hillsborough County Court. Murphy, of Tampa, has been a shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson since 2019 and began practicing with the firm in 2012. In between his time as an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson, he served as a […]

Polk County Court Judge Lori Winstead appointed to Tenth Circuit Court

On May 28, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Polk County Court Judge Lori Winstead to the Tenth Circuit Court. Judge Winstead has been a judge on the Polk County Court since 2019. Before her service on the bench, she was an assistant state attorney in the 10th Circuit for over ten years. […]

Lori Cotton appointed to serve as Judge on Marion County Court

On May 18, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lori Cotton to the Marion County Court. Cotton has served as an assistant state attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit since 2001. For seven years, she served as Training Director for the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office providing training for the 100+ assistant […]

New Case Management Process for Civil Cases

The Florida Supreme Court issued an administrative order mandating that effective April 30, 2021, all chief judges in the state are to actively manage civil cases. The court also outlined the specific criteria to be adopted by the judicial circuits. View Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-23, Amendment 12