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Ask Judge Smith: Merry Christmas from the Leon County Jail

Leon County Court Judge Layne Smith is writing a series of columns in the Tallahassee Democrat to help the public answer common questions about the court process such as civics, history, the constitution, criminal law, civil law, and legal procedure. Read his recent column Merry Christmas from the Leon County Jail. Source: Tallahassee Democrat

David E. Stamey, Jr. is appointed to the Polk County Court

On December 13, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed David E. Stamey, Jr. to the Polk County Court. Stamey, Jr., 48, of Winter Haven, is an Assistant State Attorney of the 10th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University. Stamey, Jr. fills […]

Cary F. Rada is appointed to the Lake County Court

On December 13, 2018, Governor Rick Scott appointed Cary F. Rada to the Lake County Court. Rada, 50, of Eustis, is president of Cary Rada P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his law degree from Stetson University. Rada fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge James Baxley. Source: […]

Ask Judge Smith: Republic or democracy?

Leon County Court Judge Layne Smith is writing a series of columns in the Tallahassee Democrat to help the public answer common questions about the court process such as civics, history, the constitution, criminal law, civil law, and legal procedure. Read his recent column “Republic or democracy? Future lawyer wants to know what’s best“. Source: […]

County Court Judge Lester Bass’ Appointment to Circuit Court Confirmed

UPDATE: On November 26, 2018, County Court Judge Lester Bass’ appointment to the Fourth Judicial Circuit was confirmed. Source: floridapolitics.com On July 26, 2018, Governor Rick Scott announced his intent to appoint Judge Lester Bass to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court. Governor Rick Scott said, “Throughout his career, Judge Bass has demonstrated a commitment to […]

Ask Judge Smith: What’s your knowledge of the Electoral College?

Leon County Court Judge Layne Smith is writing a series of columns in the Tallahassee Democrat to help the public answer common questions about the court process such as civics, history, the constitution, criminal law, civil law, and legal procedure. Read his recent column What’s your knowledge of the Electoral College. Source: Tallahassee Democrat