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March 19, 2020
CONTACT: Kristin D. Hual, Chair; [email protected]
First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 850-595-4970

The Judicial Nominating Commission of the First Judicial Circuit has extended the application deadline for applications to fill the vacancy on the First Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Michael G. Allen. The commission is now accepting applications until 3 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Applicants must fulfill the Constitutional qualifications before assuming the office of Circuit Court judge, which specify that: a) no person shall be eligible for the office of judge of any court unless the person is an elector of the state and resides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court; and b) no person is eligible for the office of circuit judge unless the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida.

Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor.

All applicants must submit the following:

A .pdf version of the complete unredacted application with attachments, including the executed FDLE form, and a color photograph in .jpg or .gif format; and

A .pdf version of a redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.

The .pdf files should be titled in the name of the applicant (Doe.John.pdf) and labeled “Redacted” or “Original” as applicable.

Applications must be delivered to Kristin D. Hual, chair, by e-mail to [email protected] or delivered by mail or hand delivery (on USB flash drive) to the following address:

Kristin D. Hual

Office of the Escambia County Attorney

221 Palafox Place, Suite 430

Pensacola, FL 32502

The commission encourages applicants to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: All questions in the application must be fully and completely answered. The submitted application must include the required financial disclosures, a writing sample, and a recent photograph. Applications must also include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for all judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that members of the commission will conduct.

All proceedings of the JNC are open to the public except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect their applications to remain confidential. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.

Members of the bench, Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the members of the commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. Letters of recommendation should be e- mailed or mailed to all commissioners.

The commission announces that the public meeting previously scheduled at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, has been cancelled. The commission will conduct a public meeting by telephone at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31. All persons are invited to attend by calling: 1-863-333-5817; Conference ID: 137338764#.


Call to Order

Review List of Applicants

Schedule Interviews

Other Business


Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting is asked to contact the chair at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting by telephone 850-595-4970 or via email [email protected]

A list of the members of the First Circuit JNC is available at the Office of the Governor website.


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