Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

2017 State of the Courts

In this episode of Open Ninth, Chief Judge Frederick Lauten, along with Administrative Judges Julie O’Kane and Patricia Doherty, speak about the state of the courts in 2017. Besides providing an overview of their respective divisions, the Judges also discuss the Ninth Circuit’s relationship with the legislature, the impact of Hurricane Irma on social services and the courts, and the loss to the judiciary of three dearly beloved jurists – Judge Scott Polodna, Judge Ted Coleman, and Judge Rom Powell.

The Ninth Circuit is the third largest circuit in the state of Florida, employing about 360 staff, including 65 judges and their judicial assistant. Judge Lauten predicts an increase in staff will be necessary in 2018 to handle the impact of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma damaged Puerto Rico’s power grid, prompting a large migration of Puerto Rican immigrants to Central Florida. With the large influx of native Spanish speakers to our community, the Ninth Circuit may experience an increased demand for court interpreters.

Judge Lauten also discusses the Circuit’s efforts to address issues with implicit bias in the court system. In 2017, the Circuit invited experts to provide training on implicit bias to all our judges. Noting the importance of the topic, Judge Lauten is honored to sit on a diversity panel that identifies and provides recommendations on a series of diversity and racial issues present in the justice system. Judge Lauten is optimistic that we will see even more advances in our circuit in 2018. Tune in to find out more.

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Open Ninth
Episode 38

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 53:26



In this episode

Judge Fred Lauten served in the Ninth Circuit from 1994 to 2019. Between 2015 and 2019, he served as Chief Judge of the circuit.
Frederick J. Lauten

Former Chief Judge and Moderator

Judge Fred Lauten served in the Ninth Circuit from 1994 to 2019. Between 2015 and 2019, he served as Chief Judge of the Circuit.

Julie H. O’Kane

Retired Circuit Court Judge

Judge O'Kane served as a Circuit Judge from 2003-2021. She last served as the Administrative Judge in the Circuit Criminal Division.

Senior Judge Patricia A. Doherty
Patricia A. Doherty

Senior Judge

Judge Doherty has served as a Circuit Judge since 2010. She currently serves as the Associate Administrative Judge in the Juvenile Division.