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January 17, 2023
CONTACT: Patrick W. Joyce, Chair; [email protected]
Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 904-357-3660

As a result of the elevation of Judge Adrian Soud to the Fifth District Court of Appeal and the retirement of Judge Roberto Arias, there exist vacancies on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Bench and the Duval County Court Bench. Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with highly qualified nominees to fill these vacancies.

Complete unredacted and redacted applications for these vacancies must be received via email before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Applications may be downloaded from the Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis website.

Interviews will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 in Chief Judge Mark Mahon’s Chambers on the 7th floor of the Duval County Courthouse.

Neither incomplete applications nor applications submitted after the deadline will be considered. Further, all applicants must meet the qualifications for Judges outlined in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

Personal information not subject to public disclosure should redacted on a separate copy of the application as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. Please also e-mail a digital photo with the applications. All questions on the application must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information (especially direct phone numbers), including e-mail addresses for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that the Commission will conduct.

All proceedings of this Judicial Nominating Commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect their application be kept confidential.

If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Patrick W. Joyce. Applicants shall not initiate contact with the Commissioners until the nominees are submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis unless questions pertain to the application process only.


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