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August 18, 2017
Alex Caballero, Chair; [email protected],
Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
(813) 251-9200

The Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission announces a vacancy on the County Court of the Thirteenth Circuit in and for Hillsborough County, created by the elevation of The Honorable Jennifer X. Gabbard to the Circuit Court. Therefore, there are two vacancies in the Thirteenth Circuit- one vacancy in the Circuit Court as previously announced as a result of the retirement of the Hon Daniel L. Perry, and this vacancy in the County Court. Applicants may submit one application for both vacancies. Please clearly indicate whether your application is for the Circuit Court vacancy, the County Court vacancy, or both. If you have already submitted an application for the Circuit Court vacancy, you do not have to submit another application for this County Court vacancy, but you must notify the Chair in writing that you want your application for the Circuit Court vacancy to be considered for the County Court vacancy.

Applicants must be residents of Hillsborough County, registered voters, and members of The Florida Bar for the past five years.

Applications can be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at or by following the "Judicial Nominating Commission" link under Directories near the bottom of the homepage, to "Judicial and JNC applications" to "Revised Judicial Nominating Commission Application for Appointment." Applicants will be asked to provide their names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses to facilitate communication with the Commission.

Applicants for this County Court vacancy must submit a fully completed original and one copy of the application, along with a photograph attached to the original and to the copy, to Alex Caballero, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, P.A., 307 S. Magnolia Ave., Tampa, Florida 33606, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In addition to the original and one copy, applicants are requested to provide one electronic unredacted (PDF) copy of the application and one electronic redacted (PDF) copy of the application. Any material redacted by the applicant must be limited to exempt or confidential information that is exempt from public inspection pursuant to Chapter 119 and Florida's public records law.

Applicants and the public will be advised in subsequent press releases of dates of Commission meetings relating to filling these vacancies. The Commission will submit the names of nominees for the County Court vacancy to Gov. Rick Scott on or before Oct. 16, 2017.

A list of members of the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is available from The Florida Bar’s website. Questions should be directed to Alex Caballero, Chair, Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, at (813) 251-9200 or [email protected]


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