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Ask Judge Smith: Look at court proceeding as a two-sided pancake

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Look at court proceeding as a two-sided pancake. 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

The sound of silence: Judges stay mum on politics

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column The sound of silence: Judges stay mum on politics. 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 Court Judge Appointed to Fourth Judicial Circuit Court

On April 5, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Meredith Charbula to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court. Charbula is currently a judge on the Duval County Court, having served since 2017. Prior to joining the bench, she served as the Director for Legal Divisions in the State Attorney’s Office for the 4th Judicial […]

Jessica Costello appointed to Hillsborough County Court

On March 29, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jessica Costello to the Hillsborough County Court. “Ms. Costello’s work as a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office leaves no doubt that she is ready and qualified for this judgeship,” said Governor DeSantis. “She knows the issues of Hillsborough County well and that will […]

Editorial: Special courts get well-deserved funds

The recent decision by the Florida Department of Children and Families to continue funding for the specialty courts is a testament to the efficacy of the overall program and, particularly, the persistent work of Judge Erika Quartermaine. Read the full article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Source: Sarasota Herald Tribune

Miami-Dade County Judge Michelle Barakat appointed to Eleventh Circuit Court

On March 27, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michelle Alvarez Barakat to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Bakarat, 47, originally from Miami Beach, is a Cuban-American judge serving on the Miami-Dade County Court since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Miami. Barakat fills the […]

Miami-Dade County Judge Tanya Brinkley appointed to Eleventh Circuit Court

On March 27, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Tanya Brinkley to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Brinkley, 52, originally from Pennsylvania, is an African American judge serving on the Miami-Dade County Court since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her law degree from the University of Miami School […]

Leon County Judge Steve Everett Appointed to Second Circuit Bench

On March 19, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Stephen Everett to the Second Circuit Court. The Second Circuit covers the following counties: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla. “I’m impressed with Judge Everett’s judicial philosophy as he understands the role of a judge is in restraint,” said Governor DeSantis. “He […]