The deaths of Circuit Judge Glant and Bradford County Court Judge Hobbs created two judicial vacancies in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. These vacancies have strained our ability to promptly and efficiently handle some dockets and clerical duties.
On October 18, 2013, Governor Scott appointed local attorney Monica Brasington to the circuit court bench, filling Judge Glant's spot. Until Judge-Elect Brasington begins on December 16, 2013, Judge Ferrero (Judicial Assistant - Raina Feagle) will continue to preside over Alachua Felony Division I, Felony Adult Drug Court and Division V (Felony Forensics).
Judge Pena (Judicial Assistant - Tammy Bennett) is covering both Alachua County Court Civil Divisions. Judge Ferrero’s office continues to handle order signing for Alachua County Court Division V. Judge Pena's office handles scheduling hearings for both Alachua County Court Civil Divisions.
On December 2, 2013, Governor Scott appointed R.B. (Richard) Davis, Jr., to the Bradford County Court, filling Judge Hobbs' spot. We anticipate him taking the bench mid-December. In the interim, the Court will be arranging coverage for all court events. Please note that scheduling changes have been made to the County Court Master Calendar for the months of September through November in order to assist with planning for coverage. If you have any questions about your individual case, or cases in Bradford County Court, please contact Diane Moore, Judicial Assistant. Her contact information is as follows:
Diane Moore, Judicial Assistant
Bradford County Courthouse
945 North Temple Avenue
Post Office Drawer 340
Starke, FL 32091
Phone: (904) 966-6261
Fax: (904) 966-6166
In addition to these vacancies, we are undergoing a major HVAC renovation in the Alachua County Civil Justice Center. This four-phase project requires judges to move while their office space is being renovated. As a result, it may take a few days for phone lines to be properly routed and computers to be moved and reconnected.
Hopefully, this explains why recently you may have received delayed responses to your calls and e-mails from Eighth Judicial Circuit staff. I assure you we are working hard to promptly and properly respond to your requests for assistance. I ask for your continued patience and understanding during these next few months as our renovation completes, the positions are filled, and the judges adjust to their new assignments.
Robert E. Roundtree, Chief Judge