Plans for creating a Sixth District Court of Appeal are on track for meeting a January 1 deadline to begin hearing cases, says the appellate judge leading the project.

“I think it has been going certainly better than expected,” said Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Meredith Sasso. “I would say we are in as good a position as we could be right now.”

Former Chief Justice Charles Canady appointed Sasso to serve as interim chief administrative officer for the Sixth District Court of Appeal shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 7027 on June 2.