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June 26, 2020
CONTACT: Hayden Dempsey; [email protected]; effective July 1: Matthew J. Carson, [email protected]
2nd Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 850-222-6891

As a result of the elevation of Judge Robert Long, Jr., to the First District Court of Appeal, there is a vacancy on the Second Circuit Court bench. Additionally, because of the elevation of Judge Layne Smith to the Second Circuit Court, there is a vacancy on the Leon County Court bench.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has the extended the deadline for the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with highly qualified nominees to Aug. 17, 2020. Accordingly, the JNC will conduct an additional organizational meeting to select a new application submission deadline and interview date(s), and to schedule a conference call to review the list of applicants and assign vetting. The previously announced application submission deadline, interview date, and conference call can be disregarded.

The JNC will conduct the additional organizational meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, telephonically at 1-866-398-2885, Participant Passcode 132494. Members of the public are invited to attend.


  • Call to Order
  • Discuss organizational matters
  • Adjourn

The members of the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission include  Hayden R.  Dempsey, Chair, Matthew J. Carson, Vice-Chair, Kristina R. Osterhaus, Darrick D. McGhee, Brian Newman, Dan Russell, Erik Matthew Figlio, Robert Neil Clarke, Jr., and Stuart F. Williams.

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