Circuit judges in Florida are chosen in nonpartisan elections for six-year terms. They rule on criminal cases (sometimes involving the death penalty), civil disputes over $15,000 and arguments between state and local governments. For the Orange-Osceola Circuit, Group 4, we recommend Luis Calderón. A former corporate lawyer who became an assistant public defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit, Calderón opened his own practice to specialize in criminal defense and has been extensively recognized by his peers.
County judges in Florida are also chosen in nonpartisan elections for six-year terms. They rule on small civil disputes and claims cases, criminal misdemeanors and traffic infractions. For Orange County judges, we recommend Eric DuBois in Group 1, Tom Young in Group 4 and Evellen Jewett in Group 5. All three have many years of experience in their field. DuBois was recommended by more than 200 of his peers, Young has been an advocate for children's legal rights in Florida, and Jewett has spent more than two decades as a public defender.