PIO Receives Award for Excellence

On April 7, Donna Rhodes, Public Information Officer for the 12th Judicial Circuit, was presented with the Award for Excellence in Communications by the Florida Court Public Information Officers at their annual awards ceremony. Donna received the award for her outstanding public service during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic by successfully communicating health and safety protocols and information about the courts with jurors, the public and media under unique and ever-changing circumstances.

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.