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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Feb. 4, 202004:20 PM EST

Applicants sought for  judicial vacancy

Duval County Judge Pauline Drake is retiring

With the retirement of Duval County Judge Pauline Drake, there is a vacancy on the Duval County Court bench.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide qualified nominees for the vacancy.

Complete unredacted and redacted applications for the appointment must be received before 5 p.m. Feb. 27:


Jacob A. Brown

50 N. Laura Street, Suite 3100

Jacksonville, FL 32202


Brown said PDF versions of both forms of completed applications, including a digital photograph, sent via e-mail to [email protected] also would be appreciated but are not required.

Application forms may be downloaded from The Florida Bar's website at or from the Office of the Governor at

Interviews will be conducted March 9 in Chief Judge Mark Mahon’s chambers at the Duval County Courthouse.

Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants must meet the qualifications for judges found in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Personal information not subject to public disclosure should be redacted on a separate copy of the application as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

Proceedings of the commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Applicants should not expect that their application will be kept confidential. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to DeSantis’s office.

Applicants should not initiate contact with the commissioners until the nominees are submitted to DeSantis unless questions pertain to the application process only.

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