1st District Court of Appeal seeking judicial applications

court judge gavel
The court is accepting applications to replace Judge James Wolf, who is retiring.

Florida’s second-highest court, the 1st District Court of Appeal, is seeking applications to fill the seat opening on the bench soon with the resignation of Judge James R. Wolf.

The court announced Tuesday it will be accepting applications through Judicial Nominating Commission chair, Richard Doran until 6 p.m. April 1. The application can be downloaded from The Florida Bar website or through Gov. Ron DeSantis judicial appointments website.

The 1st District Court of Appeal, in Tallahassee, is the intermediate appellate court one step below the Florida Supreme Court. It hears most of the high-profile cases involving the Legislature, Cabinet and Governor.

Wolf announced last week he intends to retire on June 30. He has been a judge on the 1st District Court of Appeal since 1990, serving as chief judge from July 2003 to June 2005.

Applicants must be Florida electors, members of The Florida Bar for at least 10 years, and residents of the 1st District before taking office.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

This is default text for notification bar