Circuit Judge Jim Earp Receives 2017 Distinguished Service Award From Florida Council On Crime and Delinquency

By  //  August 21, 2017

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Eighteenth Circuit Judge Jim Earp has been honored as the recipient of the 2017 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Service Award.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eighteenth Circuit Judge Jim Earp has been honored as the recipient of the 2017 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Service Award.

Donna Martin Bolton of the Department of Corrections presented the award recently at a luncheon held at the Olive Garden in Merritt Island.

In her remarks, Bolton praised Judge Earp for his leadership and use of technology to improve the speed and efficiency of the court system.

“With the encouragement of his Judicial Assistant Tina Derwitsch, they constantly look for ways to improve the efficiency of the services they provide,” said Bolton.

“They were the early adopters of all forms of technology that have helped law enforcement, probation and the public.  They adopted the e-filing portal as soon as it became available and helped the Department of Corrections adopt the e-filing of warrants, reports and affidavits.

“The result being, instead of waiting days or weeks for a warrant to be signed, it can happen in hours or minutes.

“They also adopted software that allows agents and officers to send warrants through a portal to specific judges on duty, to avoid the routine of finding a judge or driving to their home and having a warrant signed. For the judges and law enforcement officers that have used the e-warrant portal it has been a wonderful addition to the criminal justice community,” said Bolton.

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Earp, who earned his law degree at the University of Florida, has been a Circuit judge since January 2007.

“I am humbled to receive this award,” said Judge Earp.

“It is especially meaningful to me because of the outstanding men and women who make up the Council on Crime and Delinquency. They are extremely dedicated and hardworking professionals whose efforts do not always garner the awareness and appreciation they deserve.”

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