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April 27, 2021
CONTACT: Courtney K. Grimm, Chairman [email protected]
Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (904) 955-8872

As a result of the retirement of The Hon. Ronald Higbee from the Fourth Judicial Circuit Bench, there now exists a vacancy on the Duval County Court Bench.  Gov. DeSantis has asked the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with nominees for this vacancy. The Commission received seven (7) applications and will interview the applicants on Friday, May 7, 2021 in accordance with the following schedule:

Time Applicant
9:30 a.m. Susie Zerbe
9:45 a.m. Julie Taylor
10:00 a.m. Jonathan Sacks
10:15 a.m. Adina Pollan
10:30 a.m. Matt Lufrano
10:45 a.m. Marleigh Gulliford
11:00 a.m. Corrine Bylund
11:15 a.m. Deliberations

Interviews will take place in the Chambers of the Hon. Mark H. Mahon, Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, located at the Duval County Courthouse, Room 7139, Duval County Courthouse, 501 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, Florida.

Due to restrictions in place at this time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, only the applicants and the Commission will be in-person for the interviews. All members of the press and public who wish to participate in these interviews will be allowed to participate via Zoom at the link provided below but the connections will be muted and not visual to Commissioners and Applicants.  If there are disruptive background noises, lines may be disconnected.

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Members of the Bench, the Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the Commissioners with relevant information about these applicants on or before May 6, 2021.

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 by this Commission, all materials attached to the original application along with any supplemental materials will be submitted to Gov. DeSantis’s Office.

If there are any questions, please contact Courtney Grimm.


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