Circuit Judge Lisa Davidson Elected by Peers as Chief Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
By Space Coast Daily // July 3, 2019
responsible for all administrative matters of the Court, overseeing 42 judges
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Circuit Judge Lisa Davidson was elected by her fellow judges to serve as Chief Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Her two-year term began on July 1.
In her new position, Judge Davidson will be responsible for all administrative matters of the Court, overseeing 42 judges and a budget of approximately $18 million.
A recognized leader in Florida’s judicial branch, Judge Davidson has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on several statewide committees including the Steering Committee on Families and Children; the Commission on Professionalism; and the Select Committee on Justice Teaching Initiative.
She was also named the Statewide Director of the Judicial Mentorship Program.
Her past gubernatorial appointments include the Guardian Ad Litem Working Group; Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence; and the Commission on Minimum Standards for Batterers’ Intervention.
She is the founder of the Brevard County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Perhaps best known for her role as a judicial ethics advisor, Judge Davidson served on Florida’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee for more than two decades and chaired the committee for two terms.
This committee is authorized by the Florida Supreme Court to render advisory opinions to judges and candidates for judicial office regarding their ethical obligations.
In this capacity, Judge Davidson has left an indelible mark on Florida’s judicial branch.
Judge Davidson has also earned the reputation as a tireless advocate for children and families and is a past recipient of the William E. Gladstone Award, a statewide award for judicial leadership and service to Florida’s children.
She is also a four-time recipient of the Brevard County Bar Association’s Outstanding Jurist of the Year Award.
Judge Davidson began her judicial career in Brevard County in 1994, when she was appointed to serve as a county court judge.
In 1998, Judge Davidson was appointed to the Circuit bench and has retained her seat without opposition in all subsequent elections.
The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit serves the residents of Brevard and Seminole Counties.
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