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A look behind the scenes with the Judicial Assistants

We all know the players inside the courtroom. There’s the judge, prosecuting and defense attorneys, deputy, court reporter and, perhaps, an interpreter. And, we all know the important roles each of them play. But what about behind the scenes of the courtroom? Meet the judicial assistants. Largely out of the public view, this position plays a vital role to both the judges they serve and the workings of the court. Join Theresa Novak, Lisa Shorten, and Robin White – officers of the Judicial Assistants Association of Florida – as they talk with our host, Chief Judge Fred Lauten, and give us a glimpse into the backstage operations of the court system.


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In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Podcast Moderator

Judge Lauten is currently the Chief Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He has served as a Judge since 1993.

Lisa Shorten

Judicial Assistant

Lisa is the treasurer of the Judicial Assistants Association of Florida and the judicial assistant for Judge Lisa Munyon in the 9th Circuit.

Theresa Novak

Judicial Assistant

Theresa is the president of the Judicial Assistants Association of Florida and the judicial assistant for Judge Jeffrey F. Mahl in the 18th Circuit.

Robin White

Judicial Assistant

Robin is the president-elect of the Judicial Assistants Association of Florida and the judicial assistant for Judge Ross Goodman in the 1st Circuit.