Local judge interviews for spot on Florida Supreme Court

Sunday, Judge Elijah Smiley from the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit interviewed for one of those spots. (WJHG/WECP)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One local judge is looking to take his judicial power to the Florida Supreme Court.

This weekend, the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission met in Orlando to interview applicants for two spots on the Florida Supreme Court.

Sunday, Judge Elijah Smiley from the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit interviewed for one of those spots.

The commission will submit the names of finalists to Governor DeSantis who will then select the two replacements. However, based on the current makeup of the Florida Supreme Court, one of the justices appointed must be from Florida's third appellate district, which is Dade and Monroe counties.

Judge Smiley started as a Bay County judge in 1995. He was also the first African American to serve as Chief Judge in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

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