Process begins to replace two Alachua County judges

Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:11 a.m.

The process has begun to replace two Alachua County judges who were recently named circuit court judges.

Mary Day Coker and Victor Hulslander were appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Circuit Court of the Eighth Judicial Circuit a few weeks ago to replace two retiring judges. The appointments left Coker's and Hulslander's county court positions vacant. The 8th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is seeking applicants for the two county court posts.

Those who apply must agree to meet minimum qualifications by the time they would assume the job, according to the state constitution. If appointed, an applicant must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, a resident of Alachua County and a registered voter of the State of Florida.

The application package - which was recently revised - can be found on the Bar's Web site, An original application and nine copies must be at the law offices of Gloria Fletcher by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. Members of the nominating committee have said they intend to consider each applicant for both seats, so it is not necessary to submit two applications.

Coker and Hulslander are replacing retiring circuit judges Stan Morris and Frederick D. Smith. A reception is being held for the two today at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center in the jury assembly room at 220 S. Main St. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with remarks at 4 p.m.

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