Roundtree re-elected as chief judge in 8th Circuit


Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.

Circuit Judge Robert E. Roundtree Jr. has been re-elected without opposition for a second term as chief judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Roundtree, 64, has served since April 2012 as chief judge of the circuit, which includes the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union. He was elected by his 22 fellow judges to a two-year term that begins July 1.

The chief judge is the court’s administrative officer and works with the trial court administrator to develop and implement local court policy and procedure, according to a news release. The chief judge also oversees the assignment of judges to divisions and represents the judiciary at both the local and state level on a number of committees and workgroups.

In addition, Roundtree also presides over juvenile delinquency and extraordinary writs in Alachua County.

Roundtree was appointed to the Eighth Circuit in 2002, and served as administrative judge of the Circuit Civil division in 2010.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in building construction from the University of Florida in 1975, and received his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1979.

Before being appointed to the bench, Roundtree worked as a law clerk for the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee and as a civil attorney in Gainesville for 20 years.

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