Rumor has it Nina DiPietro has been appointed to replace Gisele Pollack on the county court bench …

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Nina Weatherly Di Pietro to the Broward County Court.

Di Pietro, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, has practiced with the law offices of David Di Pietro, P.A. since 2013. She previously practiced with the Kreiss Law Firm from 2008-2013, and served as an assistant public defender from 2006-2008. Di Pietro received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Gisele Pollack.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Nina has the experience and knowledge that will make her an honorable judge. I am confident that she will fairly serve Floridians in her new role on the Broward Court bench.

(JAABLOG Post: 12:55 PM;  Press Release: 5:01 PM)

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Say goodbye to First Appearances as you know it.  The new bond schedule is out, eliminating many common convenience bonds on non-drug crimes.

This has been brewing since well before the chief judge election, with everyone waiting for Peter Weinstein to make a decision.  BSO, the SAO, and the Public Defender’s Office supported eliminating convenience bonds, and now it appears court administration has mostly agreed with the major stakeholders’ positions.

How will it work?  Many offenders will now have to see a magistrate judge before being given a bond.  It’s unclear at this time whether the extra burden will fall on Jay Hurley, or whether a third daily magistrate session will be added, with another presiding judge to relieve the pressure.  Expect much higher bonds for those with prior records, more pretrial for those without serious backgrounds, and many more bond revocations, since those with an already pending case won’t be able to bond out quickly before facing the music at First Appearances  …

(New Bond Schedule Here – Effective May 18, 2015)