Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston announced the selection of John A. Tomasino to become the court’s next clerk, saying it is a critically important position as Florida’s judiciary continues advancing into the age of electronic records.
After a tenure of 13 years, Clerk Tom Hall will retire in October, and Tomasino, an attorney with technological expertise, will start on November 1.
As administrative director of the Second Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender’s Office, Tomasino oversees the daily operations of trial and appellate offices throughout the six-county circuit. He manages the technology needs of more than 150 staffers and oversaw the successful migration from a client/server case management system to a custom-developed, web-based system integrated with a cloud-hosted document automation system.
The Florida Public Defender Association selected Tomasino to be its point person during the statewide transition to e-filing, and he is a member of the Florida Courts Technology Commission E-Portal User Group.
Tomasino, 45, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in 1994 and his law degree from Florida State University in 1997. He has worked as an assistant public defender and as an attorney for death row inmates represented by the Capital Collateral Counsel, Northern Region.
The court unanimously approved the appointment.
“My colleagues and I are very pleased to have someone with Mr. Tomasino’s legal and technological strengths to fill such an important role for the court and our branch,’’ Chief Justice Polston said.