Navigating COVID-19’s Impact on the Courts

Open Ninth Episode 112

During a pandemic, how does a Chief Judge balance safety and due process in the courts?

Alongside Chief Judges Lisa Davidson of the Eighteenth Circuit and Ellen Masters of the Tenth Circuit, Chief Judge Don Myers explores the biggest challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the Central Florida area. All three Chiefs began their term on the same day in 2019; this gave them an excellent marker to compare both their first year in office and their Circuit's responses to COVID-19 in this in-depth conversation.

Time Stamps

  • 1:30 - Judge Lisa Davidson’s judicial career background
  • 4:15 - Judge Ellen Masters’ judicial career background
  • 9:08 - Tenth Circuit overview - Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties
  • 11:13 - Eighteenth Circuit overview - Brevard and Seminole Counties
  • 14:11 - Realizing this pandemic is serious
  • 22:40 - Operational challenges, virtual hearings, and backlogs
  • 26:57 - Safety measures implemented in each Circuit
  • 32:23  Biggest challenges ahead and moving through the phases of reopening

In this episode

Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Moderator and Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. has served as a Circuit Judge since 2011. He was elected as Chief Judge and will start his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Open Ninth Episode 112 - Chief Judge Lisa Davidson
Lisa Davidson

Chief Judge

Circuit Judge Ellen Masters has served as Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida since July of 2019.

Open Ninth Episode 112 - Chief Judge Ellen Masters
Ellen S. Masters

Chief Judge

Circuit Judge Ellen Masters has served as Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida since July of 2019.