Judge James M. Colaw

Judge Colaw

Judge James M. Colaw

The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the judges of the Eighth Judicial Circuit to discuss pending cases with the public. Please do not call the Court expecting to speak with a Judge about any case. If you have a comment to make, please mail it to the Clerk’s Office in the appropriate county. Please keep in mind that the Court is only allowed to consider arguments made in court and documents filed by actual parties to the case. They cannot ethically read or consider any other opinions or arguments about the case, and they cannot give legal advice. Thank you.

Current Assignment

Circuit Judge – September 2013 – Present

Alachua: Criminal Division III (L-R)

Bradford: Circuit Criminal

Circuit-wide: Post Conviction Relief Cases

Previous Assignments

2016-2020: Alachua County Circuit Criminal Division II (F-K); Baker County Circuit Criminal Division; Circuit-wide: Extraordinary and Unusual Case Compensation

2014-2016: Family Law Division; Domestic Violence/Injunction Court; Adoptions

2013-2014: Family Law Division; Pro Se Family Court & Simplified Dissolutions

Judicial Assistant

Wendy Thurow
thuroww@circuit8.org

Office

Alachua County Criminal Justice Center
220 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 548-3784 (phone)

Bradford County Courthouse
945 North Temple Avenue
Starke, FL 32091
(904) 966-6203 (phone), (904) 368-3904 (fax)

The best way to reach the Judicial Assistant is to first e-mail thuroww@circuit8.org

Proposed Orders for Judge James M. Colaw

  • Proposed Orders shall be emailed to thuroww@circuit8.org in Word format.  Please do not send Proposed Orders, Motions, or supporting documentation by United States Mail.
  • All orders shall include a certificate of service at the bottom of the order.  Please indicate the name of the party who is to receive the order, as well as that party’s e-mail/e-service address OR mailing address, if a hard copy is required.
  • Proposed Orders are not accepted via e-filing. Motions should continue to be e-filed with the Clerk’s Office.

Education

Juris Doctor: University of Florida College of Law
Masters of Business Administration: University of Florida
Bachelor: Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Certification in Human Trafficking & Prevention, Florida State University
Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience – LEVEL 2, Florida State University
Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience, Florida State University
Professional Certification in College Student Wellbeing, Trauma, & Resilience, Florida State University
Professional Certification in Rebound & Recovery: Cognitive Behavioral Education & Intervention for Early Childhood, Florida State University
Professional Certification in The Fundamentals of Neurodiversity for Multidisciplinary Professionals
2006 – Present: National Board Certified in Criminal Trial
2006 – Present: Florida Board Certified in Criminal Trial

Committees

Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Criminal Justice Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges
Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee
Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Board of Directors
Faculty, Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness & Diversity, Sentencing Bias
Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Death Penalty
Adjunct Faculty University of Florida Levin College of Law, Trial Practice
Faculty, Florida Institute on Interpersonal Violence (FIIV), Domestic Violence Training for Judges
Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Phase I Judicial College – Mock Trial
Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Phase II Judicial College – Criminal Fundamentals
Alachua County Courthouse Security Committee: 2021 – present.

New Cases Disposed

Year

Alachua County Felony Division II

Baker County Felony
2016

523

310

2017

556

251

2018

509

395

2019

417

312

2020

377

280

Alachua County Felony Division III Bradford Felony
2021

486

399

2022

496

372

2023 420

298

Average Days to Disposition on New Cases

Year

Alachua County Felony Division II Baker County Felony
2016

140

138

2017

120

83

2018

99

82

2019

91

88

2020

106

103

Alachua County Felony Division III Bradford Felony
2021

185

164

2022

104

113

2023 81

103

Only includes cases heard through disposition by the judge. Does not include cases disposed prior to arraignment/written plea, cases disposed by transfer, cases disposed by nolle prosequi/dropped, or cases omitted from the data set as unrepresentative for miscellaneous reasons unrelated to the judge (e.g., clerical error). Days to disposition counts from the date of arraignment or written plea.

 

Violation of Probation (VOP) Cases Disposed

Year Alachua County Felony Division II Baker County Felony
2016

296

195

2017

258

164

2018

314

193

2019

312

273

2020

185

182

Alachua County Felony Division III Bradford Felony
2021

293

173

2022

271

191

2023

240

160

Average Days to Disposition on Violation of Probation

Year Alachua County Felony Division II Baker County Felony
2016 52.7 50.1
2017 45.8 24.9
2018 38.6 27.2
2019 34.5 25.4
2020 45.7 33.4
Alachua County Felony Division III Bradford Felony
2021 56.1 38.0
2022 32.9 19.0
2023 31.6 20.5

 

Cases Disposed as Acting Levy County Court Judge

Date Range Cases Disposed
May 2023 – Oct. 2023 272