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Judge Robert Watson appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court

On December 16, 2019, Judge Robert Watson, County Court Judge for Miami-Dade County, was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Watson, of Coral Gables, is a Miami-Dade County Court Judge. He previously served as an attorney at Kobre and Kim LLP and as an Assistant United States Attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree from […]

Judge Christina DiRaimondo appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court

On December 16, 2019, Judge Christina DiRaimondo, County Court Judge for Miami-Dade County, was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. DiRaimondo, of Biscayne Park, is a Miami-Dade County Court Judge. She previously served as the Assistant State Attorney for the Eleventh Circuit Court. She received her bachelor’s degree from Iona College and her law […]

Judge Ramiro Areces appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court

On December 16, 2019, Judge Ramiro Areces, County Court Judge for Miami-Dade County, was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Areces, of Coral Gables, is a Miami-Dade County Court Judge. He previously served as a solo practitioner. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from the University of […]

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