The firm of Jenks & Harvey is pleased to announce that Robert J. Harvey, who was previously appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, has been elected the commission’s vice chair. In October 2015, Robert was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. His role as Vice Chair will run through July 2018 and he will remain on the commission through July 2019.

Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNCs) select nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Florida court system. There are twenty-seven separate JNCs: one for the Florida Supreme Court; five for each of the district courts of appeal or “appellate districts”; twenty for each circuit court and the county courts contained in that circuit; and one Statewide Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims. Commission members submit three to six names of the most highly qualified applicants to the governor, who makes the final selection from the list.