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Open Ninth Episode 179

For Judge Amanda Bova, Central Florida has always been home. It’s where she was born and raised. She spent some time away during her years at Eckerd College and Florida State University, but she still returned to Central Florida to work in the public defender’s office of our circuit. And now, she continues to call this area home as a county judge here in the Ninth. Tune in to Open Ninth to hear more about her time as a public defender and why she wanted to join the bench.


  • 00:15 – Introduction to Judge Amanda Bova
  • 05:45 – Her first trial
  • 07:20 – Working in the public defender’s office 10:00 – Entering private practice
  • 13:35 – Time with the Conviction Integrity Unit
  • 19:23 – Running for the bench
  • 24:52 – First months on the bench
Open Ninth
Episode 179

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 0:31:23



In this episode

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon
Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.

Orange County Judge Amanda S. Bova
Amanda S. Bova

Orange County Judge

Judge Bova was elected to the Orange County Bench in 2022. She currently serves in the Orange County Civil Divsion.