Thursday, December 4, 2014

Judicial Vacancy On Hillsborough County Circuit Court

The Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has announced a vacancy on the Hillsborough County Circuit Court, created by the retirement of Judge Debra Behnke. The commission is now accepting applications for one circuit court judge position. To be appointed, 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.
Applicants will be asked to provide their names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses to facilitate communication with the commission.

Applicants 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 Terri Gaffney, chair of the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, 1311 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 101, Tampa FL 33607, no later than 5 p.m. December 29. 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 pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, Florida’s Public Records Law.

Applicants and the public will be advised in subsequent news releases of dates of commission meetings related to filling this vacancy. The commission will submit the names of nominees for this vacant judgeship to Governor Rick Scott by February 2, 2015.

A list of members of the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is available from The Florida Bar’s website. Questions should be directed to Gaffney at (813) 287-1159 or