The ceremonial courtroom at the Duval County Courthouse was filled to capacity Nov. 1 for Duval County Judge Meredith Charbula’s investiture.
Her judicial colleagues on the county and 4th Judicial Circuit courts, as well as former colleagues from the State Attorney’s Office, private practice attorneys and friends, witnessed Charbula taking the oath of office and heard remarks about her career from leaders of the legal community.
Chief Judge Mark Mahon, before he administered the oath of office, said Charbula is an “incredible asset to the court.”
Charbula was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last year to replace County Judge Eric Roberson, who was elevated to the circuit court. She is one of six new judges who will join the Duval County and circuit courts by January after Michael Bateh, Collins Cooper, Katie Dearing, Maureen Horkan and Kimberly Sadler were elected to the bench in the August primary election.
“This is one of the largest infusions of new blood we’ve had in a long time,” Mahon said.
After she was sworn in, Charbula said leaving the State Attorney’s Office to become a judge hasn’t changed her approach to her service to the community.
While an assistant state attorney, she was known for greeting people in the morning by saying, “It’s a great day to serve the people of Florida.”
After 12 months on the bench, Charbula said, “I love coming to work every day.”