Administrative Order 2020-19.3

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Creates Problem-Solving Court Division

Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner has entered Administrative Order 2020-19.3 that will merge all treatment/specialty courts into one new super division that we are calling the Problem-Solving Court and Criminal Administrative Division “P,” effective January 4, 2021. The Problem-Solving Court Division judge will be dedicated full-time to the administration of problem-solving courts in the circuit as well as the felony divisions within the circuit.

Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner and Trial Court Administrator Kim Miller

Court, county leaders break ground on new court facility

“It was a long time coming,” is how Twelfth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner described the process for getting a new court facility. Judge Bonner, Trial Court Administrator Kim Miller, and Senior Deputy Court Administrator Alana Monge attended the official groundbreaking ceremony this morning on the site of the new court building in Venice.

Court staff celebrate certification as public managers

For the past two years, former HR Manager and current Chief Deputy Court Administrator Tiffany Hammill, Court Guardianship Monitor Dana Yawn, and Law Librarian Bailey Smith have steadily worked to earn a public manager certificate through Florida State University's Florida Center for Public Management.

Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner and Assistant Public Defender Terry Drake

Teamwork, Advocacy Go Hand in Hand for 2020 Slater Award recipient

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner presented Terry Drake with the 2020 Jim Slater award in an outside ceremony on July 16, 2020, at the Silvertooth Judicial Center in Sarasota. Ms. Drake, an assistant public defender based in Sarasota County, represents the Public Defender’s Office in the Treatment Courts of the Twelfth Circuit.

Sarasota Civil Bench in 3rd Zoom Town Hall

Sarasota Civil Bench updates bar members in 3rd Zoom Town Hall

The Sarasota Circuit Civil bench hosted its third Zoom Town Hall on May 21 for the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar associations. Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner joined circuit civil Judges Hunter Carroll, Andrea McHugh, Maria Ruhl, Stephen Walker, Magistrate Deborah Bailey, and special guest Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court Karen Rushing, as they updated the more than 180 participants logged in on the status of the civil division.