Liz A. Scherer, an assistant state attorney in Broward County, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to fill a circuit court vacancy.

Scott announced late Friday that Scherer, daughter of prominent Fort Lauderdale litigator William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer, would fill a spot being vacated by retiring Circuit Judge David Krathen.

“Liz is committed to the principle that the judiciary must say what the law is, and not what it should be,” Scott said. “She has an excellent record as a prosecutor and will prove to be a hard-working, fair and intelligent judge.”

Scherer said she would be going to dependency court effective Jan. 14 under an assignment drafted by Chief Judge Peter Weinstein.

Scherer, 36, called the appointment a tremendous responsibility that she hopes to live up to. She has been a Broward prosecutor since 2001, the same year she was admitted to The Florida Bar.

Scherer had twice before been passed over for judicial appointments this year, she said. She described the news as surreal.

“You’re first reaction is to think somebody is playing a practical joke. I actually missed the governor’s call,” which went to voice mail, Scherer said Monday. “I keep listening to it. I’m still pinching myself.”

She has been assigned to the repeat offender court program and has been appearing before Circuit Judge Paul Backman for the last three years.

Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said: “Liz has worked very hard in the 11½ years that she has been here. She has been a very effective lawyer who always showed that she cares about the people in our community, especially the victims whom she has helped over the years.

“All of us in the office wish her well,” he added.

Scherer was one of 21 applicants, including three prosecutors, for the vacancy.

She said her father “has been glowing ever since he got the news,” Scherer said. “He is a very successful attorney and businessman, but the happiest you’ll ever see him is in his role as a father and grandfather.”

She received her law degree from the University of Miami and her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.