15th CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION NOTICE OF VACANCY AND ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS DEADLINE EXTENSION

The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) announces that the application deadline to fill the vacancy for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the retirement and resignation of Judge Janis Brustares Keyser has been extended.

The deadline for submission of the completed application is extended to 5:00 p.m., April 29, 2022Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Both the original and redacted electronic applications must be submitted by email to rharvey@jenksharveylaw.com.

Qualifications of Applicants:

Applicants must be able to fulfill the Constitutional qualifications for circuit court and county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

Instructions for Submission:

1)           The current Judicial Application form must be used and can be found at https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/. Applicants should ensure they are using the correct and current form.

2)           Applications must be in .pdf form and submitted as follows: (i) one original copy of the application, including all attachments, (ii) one redacted copy of the application, including all attachments, excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law. The two .pdf files should be named in a “last name.first name” format. For example: Jane Smith should submit two files named: (1) Smith.Jane.pdf and (2) Smith.Jane-REDACTED.pdf. 

Each electronic application, including exhibits, must be a single pdf file. No paper applications will be accepted.

3)           Please ensure the Application is complete, including all required responses (including references, case style and contact information regarding recent cases, and class standing and degree information regarding education), and all required attachments (writing sample, financial disclosure, photograph). Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Additional Information:

The JNC will publish on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website www.palmbeachbar.org and Governor Ron DeSantis’ judicial webpage https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/  the date and location of any interviews that the JNC chooses to conduct. The JNC anticipates that any interviews will be held the week of May 9, 2022.

All JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations. Applications are not confidential. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor.

A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/.Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.

If you have any questions, please call Mr. Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or email at rharvey@jenksharveylaw.com

15TH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION NOTICE OF VACANCY AND ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS

The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) announces one vacancy for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the retirement and resignation of Judge Janis Brustares Keyser. The JNC has been asked to provide Governor Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy by Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Qualifications of Applicants:

Applicants must be able to fulfill the Constitutional qualifications for circuit court and county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

Instructions for Submission:

1) The current Judicial Application form must be used and can be found at https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/. Applicants should ensure they are using the correct and current form.

2) Applications must be in .pdf form and submitted as follows: (i) one original copy of the application, including all attachments, (ii) one redacted copy of the application, including all attachments, excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law. The two .pdf files should be named in a “last name.first name” format. For example: Jane Smith should submit two files named: (1) Smith.Jane.pdf and (2) Smith.Jane-REDACTED.pdf.

Each electronic application, including exhibits, must be a single pdf file. No paper applications will be accepted.

3) The deadline for submission of the completed application is 1:00 p.m., April 27, 2022Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  Both the original and redacted electronic applications must be submitted by email to rharvey@jenksharveylaw.com.

Please ensure the Application is complete, including all required responses (including references, case style and contact information regarding recent cases, and class standing and degree information regarding education), and all required attachments (writing sample, financial disclosure, photograph).  Incomplete applications may not be considered.  

Additional Information:

The JNC will publish on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website www.palmbeachbar.org and Governor Ron DeSantis’ judicial webpage https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/   the date and location of any interviews that the JNC chooses to conduct.  The JNC anticipates that any interviews will be held the week of May 9, 2022.

All JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations.  Applications are not confidential.  If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor.

A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/.Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.

If you have any questions, please call Mr. Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or email at rharvey@jenksharveylaw.com

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 12.514- 4/2021 IN RE: VACATING AO 12.514 -INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BY JUDGES AND COURT STAFF DURING THE PANDEMIC

To protect the safety and well-being of courthouse users and personnel, and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines related to after-travel health precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circuit adopted Administrative Order, 12.514 4/2021. Current guidelines and public health conditions no longer require the restrictions set forth in Administrative Order, 12.514 4/2021.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority conferred by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.215, it is ORDERED that Administrative Order, 12.514 4/2021 is VACATED.

DONE and SIGNED in Chambers at West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida this 14th day of April, 2022

___________

Glenn D. Kelley
Chief Judge

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 6.305-4/22* IN RE: CIVIL DRUG COURT

Article V, Section 7, of the Florida Constitution states that “[a] circuit or county court may hold civil and criminal trials and hearings in any place within the territorial jurisdiction of the court as designated by the chief judge of the circuit”. The City of Riviera Beach has offered to provide facilities within the City of Riviera Beach located at 2051 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404, so that the court may conduct civil commitment hearings for drug and alcohol abuse pursuant to Chapters 396 and 397, Florida Statutes (2007). There exists an urgent need to provide treatment modalities for drug and alcohol abuse outside of the criminal justice system, i.e., without the taint of arrest and conviction. Various agencies and entities have offered their resources and cooperation to support a community-based drug court.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority conferred by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.215, it is ORDERED as follows:

l. A community drug court is hereby established to conduct civil commitment hearings and to commit alcohol and drug abusers to treatment programs (“Civil Drug Court”).
2. The chief judge, by separate order, shall assign a judge or special magistrate to preside over the community-based drug court.
3. The facility, located at 2051 Martin Luther King Boulevard, in the City of Riviera Beach, is hereby designated as an approved location at which the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit may conduct civil commitment hearings pursuant to Chapters 397, Florida Statutes (2021).
4. Adult and juvenile civil commitment hearings will be scheduled on Saturdays.
5. A clerk from the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court shall be designated by the Chief Operation Officer/Clerk & Comptroller to assist the judge in civil commitment hearings.
6. The appointed clerk is authorized and ordered to transport the necessary court files to the civil commitment hearings.
7. In the event a clerk is unable to attend the hearings, an employee of the City of Riviera Beach, who is assigned to work at this Community Drug Court, is authorized to take custody of the court files of cases scheduled to be heard at 2051 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404.
8. The clerk is hereby authorized and ordered to make necessary court files available to the municipal employee assigned to work at Community Drug Court as needed.

DONE and SIGNED in Chambers at West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, this __11th___ day of April, 2022.
_________________________________
Glenn D. Kelley
Chief Judge
* supersedes admin. order 6.305-7/11

REAL PROPERTY PROBATE & TRUST LAW SECTION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2022-2024 CLASS

Dear RPPTL Members:

The Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for its 2022-2024 Fellows Class.

The mission of the RPPTL Fellowship Program is to promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds, historically underrepresented in the law and in the RPPTL Section, to become substantially involved in the RPPTL Section work, receive leadership training and work closely with leading attorneys in their field, while fostering diversity within the Section.

The two-year term Fellowship is open to all lawyers who are members of the RPPTL Section and who have been admitted to the Bar for fewer than 12 years. Scholarships to defray expenses of attending Section meetings will be considered for applicants who best meet the following criteria:

• Demonstrated interest in wills, trusts, estates, and/or real estate as a substantial part of the applicant’s practice;
• Demonstrated interest in the activities of the RPPTL Section and commitment in continued involvement;
• Diversity, including a geographic, racial or ethnic background that is historically underrepresented in the RPPTL Section and Executive Council;
• Demonstrated need for financial assistance in order to attend Section meetings;
• Service to the profession or community.

See the RPPTL.org, Fellows Committee page, for more details regarding the program.

The Application Deadline is May 27, 2022. The application is available here and can be submitted to: DKellogg@floridabar.org
Contact the Committee Chair, Christopher A. Sajdera, with questions.

FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT GENERAL COUNSEL VACANCY

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit has a General Counsel vacancy.  In addition to the great benefitS package, i.e., paid vacation and sick leave, medical benefits (HMO/PPO) at a cost of $50.00 single coverage; $180.00 for family coverage; and excellent working conditions.  The salary is $85,915, then July 1, 2022 increase to approximately $90,537.44.

Interested persons will find more information on the position using the link below.  This position is open until filled.

https://15thcircuit.com/jobs/general-counsel-2

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 6.201 – 3/22* IN RE: PROBATE AND GUARDIANSHIP PROCEDURES FOR FILING AND REVIEW OF PETITIONS

Please click here to view the AO. 

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit is implementing a new procedure for probate and guardianship cases.  Per A.O. 6.201-3/22, effective March 23, 2022, checklists are now required to be filled out and e-filed with the following petitions:

  1. Petition for Summary Administration of Testate Estate
  2. Petition for Formal Administration of Testate Estate
  3. Petition for Formal Administration of Intestate Estate
  4. Petition for Summary Ancillary Administration
  5. Petition for Summary Administration of Intestate Estate
  6. Petition for Formal Ancillary Administration
  7. Petition to Sell Real Property
  8. Petition for Appointment of Guardian
  9. Petition to Determine Homestead
  10. Petition for Discharge

We believe the establishment of uniform procedures for the filing of petitions in the probate and guardianship divisions of the court will facilitate the efficient and timely review, processing and resolution of matters brought before the court.  Our hope is that the utilization of checklists to aid attorneys will ensure compliance with statutory filing requirements and reduce the processing time of petitions.

Please note that after March 23, 2022, any petitions filed without the checklist, will be rejected with leave to refile.  The approved checklists can be found on our website at:    

https://www.15thcircuit.com/services/probate-division