Retirements and elections have kept Chief Broward Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein busy mapping out new judicial assignments for the new year.
Almost a dozen circuit seats will be shuffled as well as a few county court places under assignment orders that take effect Jan. 14.
Circuit Judge Carlos A. Rodriguez, initially a criminal court judge who was moved to delinquency court by former Chief Judge Victor Tobin after the state attorney tried to kick him off all their cases, will switch to civil court.
Circuit Judge Carlos Rebollo is going from the criminal division to delinquency court, taking over the spot opened by Rodriguez’s move.
Circuit Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV moves from the criminal to civil division to take over the court occupied by Richard D. Eade, who is retiring.
Circuit Judge John T. Luzzo, now in the family division, will move to civil to take over the court run by David Krathen, also retiring from the bench.
Circuit Judge Sandra Perlman will move from criminal to the civil division, and civil division Circuit Judge Marc H. Gold moves back to criminal.
Ari Abraham Porth, a former state representative who was uncontested in the primary when he filed for the seat being vacated by Eade, will be assigned to the drug and mental health courts. They were temporarily filled by Circuit Judge Raag Singhal, a recent appointee of Governor Rick Scott, and County Court Judge Gisele Pollack.
Laura Marie Watson, a personal injury protection lawyer who won a runoff in the general election, will go to the family division, taking over the bench vacated by retiring Circuit Judge Ron Rothschild.
Rothschild’s son, business litigator Michael Rothschild, won election in the August primary and will preside in the criminal division.
“I’m excited and looking forward to getting started,” Rothschild said. He practiced with the Fort Lauderdale firm Glantz & Glantz and had his cases reassigned to other attorneys at the firm.
Like the other newcomers, Rothschild said he would go through orientation at Florida Judicial College in Orlando from Jan. 6 to 11.
“I’ll be handling everything from third-degree felonies to murder cases. I won’t be handling death penalty cases because I’m not qualified,” Rothschild said.
County Court Judge Kathleen Mary McHugh, another August primary victor, will head to the domestic violence division. McHugh ran to replace retiring County Court Judge Fred Berman.