Changes to weekend, holiday hearings in Sarasota and DeSoto

In a February 11, 2021 memo to justice system partners and community services agencies, Twelfth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly Bonner announced changes to weekend and holiday first appearance proceedings in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, effective February 20, 2021.

Judge's path to the bench was international trek

Much has been already been written about Manatee County Court Judge Melissa Gould’s international trek to the judiciary. Her legal studies took her from a small town in Ontario, Canada, to New York, to the United Kingdom.

New county judge not discouraged by pandemic challenges

Manatee County Court Judge Jacqueline Steele knew in the 10th grade that she wanted to work in the legal field. After taking a Gregg shorthand class in high school, Steele said she became interested in court reporting and delighted in the idea of being the keeper of the record.

Senior Judge Lee Haworth 'honored' by William E. Gladstone award

Senior Judge Lee E. Haworth received the William E. Gladstone award during a Zoom presentation on December 11, 2020. The award is a prestigious one in the child welfare community, named after the circuit judge in South Florida who left an indelible mark on the way Florida Courts deliver justice in cases involving children.