Melrose prosecutor named to 8th Circuit bench


James Matthew Colaw has been assigned to an Alachua County Family Court position previously held by Judge William Davis.

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Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott has named a longtime prosecutor from Melrose to the 8th Circuit bench.

James Matthew Colaw, 42, an assistant state attorney since 1998 in the 4th and 8th Circuits, has been assigned to an Alachua County Family Court position previously held by Judge William Davis.

His appointment fills the vacancy left by Judge Martha Ann Lott; a vacancy still remains following the recent retirement of Judge David A. Glant, and court officials said they expect the new judge to be named by mid-October.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of the 8th Circuit. My commitment is to apply the law fairly and compassionately for a just resolution in all cases appearing before the court,” Colaw said in a statement.

His assignment includes the Alachua Family “DR2” division, as well as all family pro se and simplified dissolution cases in Alachua County. He will take over on Sept. 3.

Colaw, married with three children, has served in the assistant state attorney’s office as division chief, deputy director, and in the Special Prosecution Unit, 10-20-Life Prosecutions, and Crimes Against Women and Families. He is both a National Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer and Florida Board Certified Lawyer.

Colaw received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and both a master’s of business administration and juris doctor from the University of Florida.

He has lectured for the National District Attorneys Association, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Santa Fe College, Gainesville City College, Lake City Community college, and local police and corrections officer academies.

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