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May 10, 2014

Judge Collins resigns

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Third Judicial Circuit Judge Julian Collins resigned from his position Tuesday, April 29, citing “private reasons that are both complicated and irrelevant here,” as his basis for leaving.

Collins submitted a letter to Governor Rick Scott stating, “I hereby resign my position as circuit judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida, effective at 5 p.m. today, April 29, 2014.”

Collins served as a Columbia County judge from early January 1989, until Dec. 2, 1999, when he was appointed as a circuit judge by former Governor Jeb Bush. 

“I regret I must give such short notice of my pending resignation, but for private reasons that are both complicated and irrelevant here, I have concluded now is the time to take this action,” Collins said. 

Collins stated in his letter he will serve as a senior judge beginning May 1.

According to the Florida Statutes, a judge must retire from his full-time position as a judge when he reaches the age of 70. However, he may apply and become a senior judge, who serves when a judge is on vacation or has a conflict of interest in a case. A senior judge serves on a part-time basis when needed.

Collins’ assignment in the Third Circuit was Columbia County. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978. He served as chief judge from July 2003 to June 2007. He served as a county judge from January 1989 to December 1999.

The Democrat made several attempts to reach Collins, but was unsuccessful. 

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