The Florida Supreme Court under Chief Justice Charles Canady. Courtesy photo

An assortment of 59 lawyers and judges from South Florida and beyond have responded to the Judicial Nominating Commission’s call for applicants to fill the shoes of three departing justices of the Florida Supreme Court.

The JNC will deliberate on replacements for Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy A. Quince, who face mandatory retirement in January.

Who’s raised their hand?

Gov. Rick Scott has asked the JNC to select three to six names from this list to progress to the next round. Pariente, Lewis and Quince will step down on Jan. 7, 2019, the day before Florida’s next governor will be sworn in.

Here’s a look at the dozens of candidates in the running.

Third District Court of Appeal Judges Barbara Lagoa, Norma Lindsey, Robert Luck and Edwin A. Scales III. Courtesy photos

From the Third DCA:

  • Judge Barbara Lagoa served as a civil and criminal lawyer, and as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida before Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to the bench in 2006.
  •  Judge Norma Lindsey served on the Miami-Dade Circuit and the Miami-Dade County Court before Scott appointed her to the appellate bench in 2017.
  • Judge Robert Luck was appointed in 2017 by Scott after serving in the Miami-Dade Circuit and County courts.
  • Judge Edwin Scales III became the first Monroe County lawyer on the court when he was appointed by Scott in 2013.


Fourth DCA Judges Jonathan Gerber, Mark Klingensmith and Jeffrey Kuntz. Photo: royalty free.

From the Fourth DCA:

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Cymonie Rowe. Photo: Melanie Bell/ALM.

From South Florida Courts:


Amy Brigham Boulris. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM

South Florida lawyers:

Other Florida lawyers and judges in the running:

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