Circuit Judge James H. Earp Biography

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The Honorable James H. Earp

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The Honorable:
James H. Earp


EDUCATION:

  • University of Florida, College of Law, Juris Doctor, December 1976
  • University of South Florida, B.A. College of Language and Literature, June 1974
  • Melbourne High School, 1972

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Office of the State Attorney, Eighteenth Circuit, 2001 to 2006 (served as Felony Division Chief prior to being elected Circuit Judge)
  • Cianfrogna, Telfer, Reda, Faherty, and Anderson, P.A., March 1991 to February 2001
  • Guardian ad Litem Program, Program Attorney, June 1998 to October 2000
  • Law Office of James H. Earp, Melbourne, Florida, October 1990 to March 1991
  • Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Circuit, 1983 to 1987
  • Office of the State Attorney, Eighteenth Circuit, 1987 to 1990
  • Law Office of Jackson, Earp, and Jackson, Jacksonville, Florida, 1978 to 1983
  • Office of the Public Defender, Jacksonville, Florida, 1977 to 1978

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Juvenile Delinquency Division: July 2017 to present
  • Juvenile Drug Court: July 2017 to present
  • Administrative Judge Juvenile Division currently
  • Circuit judge since January 2007
  • Civil/Family Division Jan. 2, 2007 to May 15, 2008
  • Felony Division, May 15, 2008 to July 1, 2011
  • Family Division, July 5, 2011 to July 2013
  • Felony Division, July 2013 to July 2017
  • Previously: Criminal Administrative Judge, Appellate Administrative Judge
  • Served as Associate Judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal, July 22, 2008
  • Chair, Jail Oversight Committee, Dec. 1, 2008- July 1, 2011
  • Chair, Conflict Counsel Committee, July 2009 to July 2011
  • Court Statistics and Workload Committee, 2011
  • Security Committee 2007 – 2008
  • Judicial Liaison Committee 2007 – 2008
  • Adult Drug Court, May 15, 2008 to July 2013

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Florida Bar, admitted May 31, 1977
  • Brevard County Bar Association, Member since 1987
  • Brevard County Bar Association Board of Directors, 1994 to 1996, 1999 to 2002
  • Seminole County Bar Association, Member since 2006
  • Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc., Past President, Past Vice President, Board of Directors, 1995 to 2006
  • Brevard County Bar Association, Professionalism Luncheon Committee Chair, 2001. Co-chair, 1999, 2000
  • Brevard County Bar Association Uniform Sanctions Committee, 2001
  • Florida Bar Board Certified, Criminal Trial: 1988 to 1998
  • Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2002 to 2006
  • Florida Bar Member Outreach Committee, 2004 to 2006
  • Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court, 1994 to 1996, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Supreme Court Symposium on Professionalism, 1998
  • Mentor, Take Stock in Children Program, 2001-2002
  • E-Mentor, Florida Bar E-Mentoring Program, 2004-2006
  • Faculty Member, Ernest F. Hollings National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina Course: Cross Examination, March 29, 2005 to April 1, 2005