Ron DeSantis Names Two New Judges

In recent days, Gov. Ron DeSantis named two new judges.

On Friday, DeSantis named Melanie Surber, of Delray Beach, to serve as a judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court

Surber has served as a judge on the Palm Beach County Court since her appointment by DeSantis in 2019. Previously, she served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for 19 years in the Criminal Appeals Division. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Surber fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Janis Brustares Keyser.

On Monday, Ron DeSantis named Craig McCarthy, of Orlando, to serve as a judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

McCarthy has served as a General Magistrate in the Ninth Judicial Circuit since his appointment by Chief Judge Donald Myers in 2021. Previously, he worked in private practice for 16 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and his law degree from Florida State University. McCarthy fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bob LeBlanc.

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