Collier judge to retire, nominations sought for Circuit Court vacancy

Circuit Court Judge Lawrence D. Martin.

Circuit Court Judge Lawrence D. Martin.

— After more than a decade as a judge, Collier Circuit Judge Lawrence Martin will retire.

Martin, 66, was appointed to the bench by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1998 to serve as county court judge and was then appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to the circuit bench in May 2003.

Last year, his daughter, Janeice, a prominent defense attorney, became a Collier County judge.

Due to his pending retirement, the nine-member Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will be seeking nominations for the vacancy. Martin presides over family court, divorce, guardianship and probate cases.

Applicants must have been a member of The Florida Bar for five years, a registered voter and must be a resident of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time he or she assumes office. The circuit covers Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties.

Applications can be downloaded from The Florida Bar's Web site www.floridabar.org.

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