General Counsel

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is a progressive trial court in Central Florida where employees make a difference.  Our team of court professionals is richly diverse, with unique perspectives and ideas.  We encourage teamwork and individual contribution and pride ourselves on changing attitudes and doing things better.  We’re always interested in dynamic individuals who enjoy innovation, new ideas and the opportunity to serve others while leading the way to the court of tomorrow.

Position description

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court seeks a General Counsel. The General Counsel serves as in-house counsel for the Circuit, reporting directly to the Chief Judge, and is a member of the Circuit’s executive management team. The position is chief legal advisor to the Chief Judge, Judges, the Court Administrator, and all court departments in the implementation of policies, procedures, and programs to ensure compliance with laws and rules. Legal issues are varied, unique, and range from such matters as public records, employment law, ethics, contracts, and ADA issues (including under Title II).

The position also serves as the administrative head of the Legal Services Division, which includes supervision of the magistrates, child support hearing officers, staff attorneys, civil traffic hearing officers, and support staff. This is demanding, professional, and highly responsible work.

Requirements: Member in good standing in The Florida Bar. Seven years of related work experience including three years of supervisory experience. Extensive working knowledge of Florida Courts Systems operations and knowledge of employment law and court public records law are advantages but not prerequisites. Must be proficient in Word and Westlaw/Lexis and be able to personally prepare own documents.

Submit a cover letter (this is an important part of the review process), State of Florida application, résumé, a short writing sample, and law school transcripts to the Human Resources Department. Applications missing any of the required documents may not be reviewed.

Tentative Start Date: January 3, 2022 with the possibility the position may start in December 2021.

Equal opportunity employer

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Persons with a disability needing an accommodation for the application/selection process should notify Human Resources (407) 836‐2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.