Our Problem-Solving Court Judges

Problem-solving courts operate as a special court docket to help address the underlying cause of an individual’s involvement with the judicial system by offering treatment and rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration while reducing recidivism and increasing public safety. Each problem-solving court program involves the cooperation and collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of professionals such as a judge, state attorney, public defender, case manager, treatment provider, probation officer, law enforcement, etc.

The goal of these special court dockets is to avoid defendants from reoffending; changing their lives in a permanent, positive way. Over the last two decades, our circuit has been a leader in implementing these courts. Though we are only approximately three percent of Florida’s population, we have nearly ten percent of all problem-solving courts within the state. For more information on this topic, see the Florida Supreme Court’s website on this topic: https://www.flcourts.gov/Resources-Services/Office-of-Problem-Solving-Courts

Judges who preside over these courts must dedicate a great deal of their time from their otherwise busy dockets. They do this to support positive change in the lives of those impacted by these social problems. The chief judge especially recognizes them and commends them for their service.

 

Specialty Court Judges: