Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Chief Assistant State Attorney Richard Montecalvo
has been appointed to the Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC). His term
ends on July 1, 2024.

The role of this Judicial Nominating Commission is to select nominees to fill judicial vacancies
within the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Each circuit’s JNC has nine members, all of whom are
appointed by the Governor.

“I appreciate Governor DeSantis recognizing the value that Chief Assistant Montecalvo will
bring to our local Judicial Nominating Commission,” said State Attorney Fox.

If there is a judicial vacancy, the Governor has the JNC convene. The members interview and
review eligible applicants for the purpose of selecting and submitting names of qualified
individuals to the Governor for appointment to the bench. Within 60 days from the request to
convene, the JNC is expected to nominate three to six applicants to the Governor. The Governor
then has sixty days to review the nominees and appoint a judge from among them.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office