Evans, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has served as Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit for over a decade. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Evans will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy. Having turned 70 in July – the mandatory retirement age - Murphy retired on July 31st.
“Kal Evans’ wide experience serving Floridians for more than a decade as a Broward County prosecutor will make him a great asset on the Broward County Court,” Governor Rick Scott stated in a prepared release. “I welcome Kal to his new position as he continues to serve with integrity and respect for the rule of law.”
Kanner, 49, of Plantation, is a partner with Bauman & Kanner, P.A., where he has practiced since 1998. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. From 1992-1998, he also served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. Kanner fills a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Edward Merrigan to the Broward County Circuit Court.
“Throughout his legal career, Dan has demonstrated the qualities that make for a great judge, Scott stated. “I am confident that he will serve Florida families with respect and humility on the Broward County bench.”
Florida courts operate under a two-tier system – Circuit and County Court. Each of these levels is broken into two distinct areas of jurisdiction – Civil and Criminal.
Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction. It has original jurisdiction in all actions at law in which the matter of controversy exceeds $15,000, in proceedings relating to civil disputes. Juvenile, family, probate and criminal felony cases are also heard in the Circuit Court as well as appeals from the County Court and administrative bodies of local government.
County Court is a limited jurisdiction court, hearing actions at law in which the matter of controversy does not exceed $15,000. County Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over traffic, small claims, most landlord tenant disputes, and misdemeanor criminal cases.
“Two strong appointments by Governor Rick Scott,” former Plantation councilman Rico Petrocelli told Examiner. “The diverse experience offered by both Evans and Kanner will be a credit to the Broward bench.
It has yet to be determined where Evans and Kanner will be assigned within the Broward judiciary. This decision is left to the sole discretion of Chief Judge Peter M. Weinstein.
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