The career prosecutor has been studying civil practice.
On his final day in office o Monday, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Erin Perry to be Duval County’s new judge.
Perry, 37, was an assistant state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit. She replaces former Duval County Judge Lester Bass, who was appointed by Scott to fill a vacancy on the circuit 4th Circuit bench created by the resignation of retired Judge Robert Foster.
A career prosecutor, Perry’s first assignment was in county court, then she was transferred to circuit court. Her current assignment is division chief and she prosecutes homicides and other major crimes.
She was one of six candidates for the seat submitted to Scott by the 4th Circuit Judivial Nominating Commission.
Perry said in her interview before the commission that while her legal experience is limited to criminal prosecution, she has in the past year completed 16 hours of civil practice certification study.
Commission Chair Patrick Kilbane commented on Perry’s background check conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
He described it as “spotless, not even a moving violation.”
Perry received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2007.