ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 11.106- 6/6/2023* IN RE: ALTERNATE ASSIGNMENTS
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 11.102-6/6/2023* IN RE: ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 11.101-6/6/2023* IN RE: ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGES
UPCOMING JUDICIAL ROTATION
EFFECTIVE JUNE 10, 2023
With the retirement of the Hon. Laura Johnson, the Hon. Samantha Feuer moves from Circuit Civil AH to Probate Division IA.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 20, 2023
Newly appointed County Court Judge, the Hon. Danielle Sherriff is assigned to Division RB/WD.
Divisional Rotation—EFFECTIVE JULY 3, 2023
Judge Donald Hafele (Current Juvenile Division JL) to Criminal Division T/KK2/KD.
Judge Kirk Volker (Current Criminal Division T/KK2/KD) to Juvenile Division JL.
Senior Judge Richard Oftedal will preside over Circuit Civil Division AK pending Judge Johnson’s replacement.
TBA will preside over Circuit Civil Division AH until July 10, 2023
Judge Sherri Collins (Current Criminal Division P) moves to TD Division.
Judge Ashley Zuckerman (Current TD Division) moves to County Criminal Division M.
Judge Frank Castor (Current Division RB/WD) moves to County Criminal Division P.
EFFECTIVE JULY 10, 2023
Newly appointed Circuit Judge, the Hon. Reid Scott is assigned to Circuit Civil Division AH.
CHANGES TO DIFFERENTIATED CASE MANAGEMENT
Next month, the Circuit anticipates amending Administrative Order 3.107 relating to Civil Differentiated Case Management Plans. The goal of the amendment is to save the parties, and the Court, time and resources while more actively managing their cases consistent with the Supreme Court’s directives.
Important changes to the DCM program include the creation of an automated system to provide for the immediate entry of a Differentiated Case Management Order (DCMO) upon the filing of each civil action subject to DCM. The DCMO will set a Case Management Conference/Calendar Call, at which, the case will be set for trial as well as setting critical pretrial and mediation deadlines necessary to resolve the matter within the time standards set forth in Rule 2.250(a)(1)(B), Fla. R. Gen. Prac. & Jud. Admin. The DCMO will provide uniformity across divisions and important instructions for pretrial practice in the Circuit and County Courts. The new DCM Administrative Order will also provide procedures for the parties to amend a DCMO as necessary to fit their particular needs when done in a timely fashion. Please continue to monitor the Circuit’s website for additional information.
GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ANNOUNCES TWO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS
Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments: one to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Palm Beach County Court.
Reid Scott II to serve as Judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court
Scott has served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit since 2006. Previously, he was a partner at Freenman, Goldis & Cash P.A. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his juris doctor from Stetson University. Scott fills the judicial vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Paige Kilbane.
Danielle Sherriff to serve as Judge on the Palm Beach County Court
Sherriff has served as the Senior Litigation Attorney for the Palm Beach County School District since 2022. Previously, she was an associate at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC, and prior to that she served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and her juris doctor from Florida State University. Sherriff fills the judicial vacancy created by the elevation of Judge John Parnofiello.
JUDGE MARK W. KLINGENSMITH RE-ELECTED AS FOURTH DCA CHIEF JUDGE JUDGE JEFFREY T. KUNTZ NAMED CHIEF JUDGE-ELECT
On May 1, 2023, Judge Mark W. Klingensmith (right) was re-elected as Chief Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal and Judge Jeffrey T. Kuntz (left) was chosen as the Chief Judge-elect. As Chief Judge, Judge Klingensmith will oversee all administrative matters of the court including budgeting, scheduling, and bench-bar relations.
Judge Klingensmith has served on Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal since his appointment in 2013. Before his elevation to the appeals court, he was a Circuit Court judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Klingensmith practiced civil litigation in private practice for 25 years and was board certified in Civil Trial Practice by the Florida Bar in 2001. In 2008 he was elected Commissioner for the Town of Sewall’s Point, FL and served terms as Vice Mayor and Mayor.
Judge Klingensmith received his B.A. degree in 1982, and his J.D. degree in 1985, both from the University of Florida. He received his LL.M. degree in Judicial Studies from Duke University in 2016.
Judge Kuntz has served on Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal since his appointment in 2016. Before his appointment, he practiced appellate litigation in Fort Lauderdale.
Judge Kuntz received his B.A. degree from Boston College, and his J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School.
NEW TRUSTEES SOUGHT FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is seeking judges, lawyers, law teachers, and other citizens to serve on its board of trustees. New Trustees will be elected during the society’s meeting at the 2023 Annual Florida Bar Convention in June at The Boca Raton.
The mission of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society is two-fold: preserving the rich history of Florida’s judicial system and educating the public about the important role of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms. The historical society supports education and outreach programs, publishes books chronicling the history of the Florida Supreme Court and the award-winning Historical Review magazine, and facilitates the collection and archiving of historical documents and artifacts.
Trustees provide leadership, a shared vision, and a sense of mission, and are responsible for the fiscal health of the Historical Society. Nominating Committee Chair and Miami attorney Edward G. Guedes said the committee is “looking for leaders with proven performance and a commitment to the legal profession, time and ability to serve, sound judgment and integrity, and enthusiasm for honoring and preserving the history of Florida’s judiciary.”
The board meets in person twice a year, including once at The Florida Bar Annual Convention and once in Tallahassee. Trustees and members participate each year in the society’s centerpiece event “A Supreme Evening” in Tallahassee attended by governmental leaders, judges, attorneys, educators, and special guests.
To be considered by the nominating committee for a three-year term beginning July 1, visit https://lnkd.in/gEFWs99i for additional information and complete and submit the Expression of Interest to Serve application, or contact Mark Miller, executive director, at 850-385-3098. The deadline for completing and returning the interest form is Friday, April 28, by email to Admin@FlCourtHistory.org.
FLORIDA BAR NEWS STORY: https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-news/new-trustees-sought-for-supreme-court-historical-society/
15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ACCEPTING COURT APPOINTED NEW AND RENEWAL APPLICATIONS
The 15th Judicial Circuit is now accepting Court Appointed Attorney New and Renewal Applications. The applications are found at: Court Appointed Attorneys | 15th Circuit.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2.306-4/23* IN RE: MOTIONS, ORDERS, AND JUDGMENTS
Administrative Order 2.306 is obsolete due to updates to the rules of court procedure.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED that Administrative Order 2.306 (as amended) is VACATED AND SET ASIDE.
DONE and SIGNED in Chambers at West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida this 3rd day of April 2023.
*supersedes admin. order 2.306-9/08