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County Court Judge Steve Leifman on Mindfulness and Empathy

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Steve Leifman shares how judges and court staff can practice mindfulness and do their jobs with empathy during these trying times. Watch the Tiny Chat 16: Empathy video on the National Center for State Court’s website at this link: Source: National Center for State Courts

John Parnofiello appointed to Palm Beach County Court

On August 4, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced Assistant State Attorney John Parnofiello would be named to the Palm Beach County Court. Parnofiello has been an assistant state attorney for the 15th Circuit since 2015. Before that, he worked as an associate at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon and Ryles in West Palm Beach. Parnofiello received his bachelor’s […]

Know Your Courts: Safe Steps

Florida’s courts, clerks of court, and justice partners are taking safe steps to protect the health and safety of people who need to come to a court facility. Visit to learn more. Source: Florida Courts

County Court Judge Joshua Riba Appointed to Sixth Judicial Circuit Court

On July 23, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Joshua Riba to the Sixth Circuit Court. Riba, of Safety Harbor, has been a Judge for Pinellas County Court since 2016. He previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and […]

Judge Tommy Thompson Announced President of Conference of County Court Judges of Florida

Conference of County Court Judges of Florida President Judge Stephen R. Jewett passed the conference leadership responsibility to President-elect Tommy Thompson of Marion County in a Wednesday evening virtual ceremony. In an evening of firsts, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Canady swore-in the conference new officers, Circuit Representatives, District Vice Presidents, and new President Tommy […]

Chief Justice issues new orders on Phase 3 pandemic procedures

On Thursday, July 2, Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders to provide more detailed guidance on the four-phase system the state courts will use to govern pandemic operations, especially focusing on Phase 3. Updated Administrative Order AOSC20-32. The first amended order revises AOSC20-32 originally issued on May 21, 2020. The July […]

Judge Caraballo Receives the Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence

The Florida Bar Military and Veterans Affairs Committee awarded Judge Tina Caraballo the Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence. Read more on the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s website at Source:

Chiaka Ihekwaba appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chiaka Ihekwaba to the Miami-Dade County Court. Ihekwaba, of Miami, has been an Assistant State Attorney for the Eleventh Circuit since 2001. She has served as Division Chief in the Felony Division. She received her Barrister-at-Law degree from the Nigerian Law School, her LL.M. […]