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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 https://www.ninthcircuit.org/news/judge-caraballo-receives-clayton-b-burton-award-excellence. Source: ninthcircuit.org

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. […]

Cristina Rivera Correa appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cristina Rivera Correa to the Miami-Dade County Court. Correa, of Coral Gables, has been an Assistant School Board Attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board since 2013. She previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Eleventh Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree […]

Jason Jones appointed to Leon County Court

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jason Jones to the Leon County Court. Jones, of Tallahassee, has been the General Counsel for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since 2015. He previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Second Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University […]

Tabitha Blackmon appointed to Broward County Court

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Tabitha Blackmon to the Broward County Court. Blackmon, of Fort Lauderdale, has been a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office since 2017. She previously served as an attorney for the Attorney General’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and […]