• Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:50 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    June 19, 2018
    Hans Ottinot, Chair;
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    (305) 792-1765

    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancies in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the resignations of County Court Judges Dawn V. Denaro, Andrea Ricker Wolfson, and Renatha Francis.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 34.021 of the Florida Statutes.

    Applicants must deliver a complete original application by July 20, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. The original application should be delivered to:

    Hans Ottinot, Esq.
    City Attorney’s Office for
    the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Avenue
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

    In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to Hans Ottinot, Esq., Chair ( with personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. 

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at and the Office of the Governor at Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS:  To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission.

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


  • Friday, June 08, 2018 12:47 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    MDTLA seeks volunteers to come out and join them in showing the kids a good time. Please come and bring your children if they need community service hours. Anyone wisheing to attend, must register by email to T. Omar Malone, Esq. or via MDTLA.

  • Friday, June 08, 2018 12:43 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Please register here

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:46 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Please find information here about the conference. 

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:18 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Please register here

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:37 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Judicial Conference of the United States is expected to authorize the appointment of a full time United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola, Florida. The essential function of the United States District Court is to dispense justice and United States Magistrate Judges provide an important component of this function.
    Applications and additional information about the United States Magistrate Judge position may be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of Court at all four divisional offices of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and on the Court’s Internet website at Applications must be received in accordance with the instructions provided by July 11, 2018.
    Both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF version of the application are available, along with the full Public Notice.


    PDF icon Pensacola Magistrate Public Notice

    PDF icon Magistrate Application Adobe PDF Fillable

    File Magistrate Application Microsoft Word 

  • Friday, May 11, 2018 12:21 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    May 7, 2018
    William G. McCormick, Chair;
    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

    As a result of the resignation of Circuit Judge Merrilee Ehrlich and the retirement of Circuit Judge Lisa M. Porter, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Broward Circuit Court.

    Applications for these Circuit Court vacancies must be received by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, and should be delivered to:

    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    c/o William G. McCormick, Chair 
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1000 
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least five years, electors of the state of Florida and residents of the Seventeenth Circuit before taking office.

    The Judicial Applications are available at The Florida Bar website To be considered, applicants must submit the following, without exception:

    ● One original application, typed and bound securely.

    ● One separate redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, or other applicable public records law, typed and bound securely.

    ● An electronic copy of both the application and the redacted application, saved in PDF format, each on a separate password-secured flash drive, with the applicant’s name clearly indicated on the exterior of the flash drives. Each PDF must be a single file not to exceed 8 MB. The applicant shall provide the password(s) for the flash drives on a separate piece of paper and shall not write the password on the exterior of the flash drives. No attachments or files unrelated to the application are to be included on the flash drives.

    ● All letters of recommendation that the applicant wishes the commission to consider. They shall be included as attachments to the original application and the redacted copy and shall be included with the applications saved on the flash drives.

    ● The financial disclosure information requested in the application, inclusive of a completed Form 6 (Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest). It must be submitted with the original application, the redacted application and the electronic copies of each.

    ● A recent photograph of the applicant. It shall be attached to the application and redacted application and included as an attachment to the applications saved to the flash drives.

    ● Any additional information that the applicant feels may be helpful to the commission in assessing the applicant’s qualifications. The information shall be included as attachments to the application and redacted application, and shall be included with the copies of each saved to the flash drives.

    Applicants are asked to strictly follow all requests and instructions in this notice. Failure to do so could result in an application not being considered.

    The commission strongly suggests that applications be submitted as soon as they are prepared and well before the deadline.

    After the deadline for submitting applications, the commission will determine which applicants will be interviewed. Applicants selected will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location of the interviews.

    All proceedings of the commission are open to the public, except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect applications and/or information to be kept confidential, subject to applicable Florida Statutes.

    If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor’s Office, which may request additional copies of same.

    If there is any question about the application process, please contact the chair of the JNC, William G. McCormick, or his assistant, Gale Myerowitz at 954-761-8111.


    William G. McCormick, Chair
    Christina A. McKinnon, Vice Chair
    Sidney C. Calloway
    Ken J. Joyce
    D. David Keller
    B. Russell Marcus
    Christina Sanabria
    Kevin P. Tynan
    Levi G. Williams, Jr.


  • Friday, May 04, 2018 7:39 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Please sign-up to volunteer here

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 4:54 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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