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January 10, 2018
Derek A. Schroth, Chair; [email protected],
Fifth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission

The Fifth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission announces a vacancy in the Fifth Judicial Circuit for Circuit Court judge due to the future retirement of William G. Law, Jr. Applicants must have been a member of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years and must be a registered voter. The person appointed must be a resident of Marion County, Lake County, Hernando County, Citrus County or Sumter County at the time of assuming office.

Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website ( and are also available from the chair:

Derek A. Schroth
600 Jennings Ave.
Eustis, FL 32726
Telephone: 352-589-1414
Facsimile: 352-589-1726
Email: [email protected]

Applicants must submit a fully completed, signed original and one hard copy of the application, along with one electronic copy and one electronic redacted copy (redacting any information exempt under Florida law), which must be delivered to Derek A. Schroth, chair of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. The electronic copies of the application with attachments should be in PDF form and should be submitted on a CD or thumb drive.

The deadline for submitting the applications is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. No applications will be accepted after that time. Incomplete applications may be rejected in their entirety at the commission’s discretion.

All interviews are set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the Lake County Judicial Center, Clerk’s Executive Conference Room, 3rd Floor, East Wing, 550 W. Main St., Tavares, FL 32778. Interview times will be established at a later date. Applicants will be notified of their interview time by email.

Members of the bench, bar and public are encouraged to contact members of the commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.

Members of the Fifth Judicial Nominating Commission are: Derek A. Schroth (Chair), Darryl W. Johnston (Vice Chair), Donald C. Barbee, Jr., Robert W. Batsel, Jr., Anita G. Carver, Shanta N. Matthews, Charles K. Ruse, Jr., James T. Schatt and Vanessa Thomas. A complete listing for each member is available on The Florida Bar website.

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