Gov. Ron DeSantis June 11 appointed new judges to the Fifth Circuit and the Duval County courts.

 Joel Fritton of Spring Hill will serve on the Fifth Circuit Court. Fritton has served as General counsel for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. Previously, Fritton was an assistant state attorney in the Sixth Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Fritton fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward Scott.

Julie Taylor of Jacksonville will take a seat on the Duval County bench. Since 2017, Taylor has served as general counsel for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court. In 2021, she became a special magistrate and civil traffic infraction hearing officer. Previously in her career, she also served as an assistant state attorney, private attorney, and assistant public defender. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Samford University Cumberland School of Law. Taylor fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ronald Higbee.