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January 29, 2019
CONTACT: Patrick J. Kilbane, Chair; [email protected]
4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 904-280-3700

As a result of the resignation of the Hon. John H. Skinner, there will be a vacancy on the 4th Judicial Circuit Court bench. Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with highly qualified nominees for this vacancy.


Complete unredacted applications for this vacancy must be received before 5p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at:


4th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission

Attn: Patrick J. Kilbane, Chairman

1540 The Greens Way

Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


Applications may be downloaded from the Florida Bar’s website at or the Office of the Governor at


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 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 circuit court judges outlined in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.


In addition to the original application, applicants must email a .PDF version of the application to [email protected] with personal information not subject to public disclosure redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. Please also provide an electronic version of the complete, unredacted application to the same email address. Please also email a digital photo with the unredacted application. To assist the commission, all questions on the application must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information (especially direct phone numbers), including email addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the commission. Applicants shall not initiate contact with the commissioners until the nominees are submitted to Gov. DeSantis.


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. DeSantis’ office.


If there are any questions about the application process, please contact Patrick J. Kilbane at the number above.



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