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New courthouse means 'access to justice for all of us'

The South County Courthouse in Venice was officially celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 4. Representatives from Sarasota County Government, Circuit Judge Kimberly Bonner, and Clerk and Comptroller Karen Rushing spoke about the building and what it means to the citizens of south Sarasota County.

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Judge Kimberly Bonner announces retirement

Circuit Judge Kimberly Carlton Bonner has announced her retirement in a May 2 letter to Governor Ron DeSantis. Judge Bonner was appointed to the Sarasota County Court bench in 2002 and was elevated to the Circuit Court bench in 2013.

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Doctors play integral role in legal Guardianship cases

Doctors occasionally find themselves on the frontline of protecting our most vulnerable citizens from exploitation, abuse and neglect in emergency rooms or in private practice. Did you know that doctors also play a part in protecting vulnerable citizens in legal Guardianship proceedings?

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Teen Court's grant highlights benefits of youth diversion programs

Sarasota’s Teen Court program was recently awarded a $125,000 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. On its Facebook page, Teen Court of Sarasota said the grant “will address our 30% increase in referrals” and give youth a second chance by teaching them tools to make better decisions. Sarasota County’s Juvenile Court Judge Debra Riva said diversion programs are beneficial for all involved.

JNC announces circuit judge vacancy, seeks applications for nomination

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee announces a vacancy in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court due to the resignation of The Honorable Debra Johnes Riva. Accordingly, the Judicial Nominating Commission seeks applications for nomination from all persons who meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the Florida Constitution.