Florida Third District Court of Appeal

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The Florida Third District Court of Appeal is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Its ten judges have jurisdiction over cases arising from Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.


The Third District Court of Appeal (DCA) was one of the first three DCAs created by the Florida legislature in 1957. Court was first held in a room of the University of Miami School of Law. Then, from 1960 to 1976, court sessions took place at the State Office Building. It wasn't until 1976 that the court finally had its own facility to conduct its business. This courthouse was dedicated by Governor Reubin Askew in the fall of 1976. In 1990 an addition was added to keep pace with the court's continued growth. The courthouse has won the recognition of the American Institute of Architects (South Florida Chapter) and in 1981 Governor Bob Graham gave the court the Governor's Design Award.

The court's original three judges (Charles A. Carroll, Mallory H. Horton and Tillman Pearson) have increased to ten as of 2010.

Chief Judges[edit]

Judges who have served as Chief Judge of the Third DCA include:

Active Judges[edit]

Judges who are currently serving on the Third DCA include:

Name Tenure Appointing Governor
Kevin Emas 2010- Charlie Crist
Ivan F. Fernandez 2011- Rick Scott
Barbara Lagoa 2006- Jeb Bush
Thomas Logue 2012- Rick Scott
Leslie B. Rothenberg 2005- Jeb Bush
Vance E. Salter 2007- Charlie Crist
Edwin A. Scales, III 2013- Rick Scott
Frank A. Shepherd 2003- Jeb Bush
Richard J. Suarez - Chief Judge 2004- Jeb Bush
Linda Ann Wells 2003- Jeb Bush

Retired Judges[edit]

Judges who have served on the Third DCA include:

Name Tenure Comments
Charles A. Carroll (1957-1974)
Mallory H. Horton (1957-1965)
Tillman Pearson (1957-1980)
Thomas H. Barkdull, Jr. (1961-1996)
Norman Hendry (1961-1988)
Richard H.M. Swann (1965-1972)
Robert M. Haverfield (1972-1980)
Raymond G. Nathan (1974-1978)
Phillip A. Hubbart (1977-1996 )
James W. Kehoe (1977-1979)
Alan R. Schwartz (1978-2004) Currently serving as a senior judge
Joseph Nesbitt (1979-1999)
Natalie Baskin (1980-1996)
Daniel S. Pearson (1980-1989)
Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. (1980-1993)
James R. Jorgenson (1981-2003)
David L. Levy (1989-2006)
Mario P. Goderich (1990-2005)
Melvia B. Green (1994-2008)
John G. Fletcher (1996-2007)
Robert L. Shevin (1996-2005)
Rodolfo Sorondo, Jr. (1997-2002)
Gerald B. Cope, Jr. (1988-2010)
David M. Gersten (1989-2011)

The Florida Third District Court of Appeal Nominating Commission[edit]

Notable Cases[edit]

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