Chief Judge Jonathan Sjostrom announced today that Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers will replace Judge Charles Dodson in the case addressing the residency of City Commissioner Scott Maddox.
Judge Gievers was first elected on November 2, 2010. Gievers was up for re-election in 2016. However, no other candidates filed to run and Gievers was automatically re-elected to a six-year term ending in January 2023.
Judge Gievers began her career in 1976 as a law clerk in Miami. She then worked as an associate, and then partner, of the law firm of Anderson Moss from 1979 to 1987. In 1987, she started her own practice, Gievers, P.A., where she worked as the senior attorney until her judicial election. She moved the firm from Miami to Tallahassee in 1999. In 2010, she was elected to the circuit court.
Today at approximately 11:30 a.m., Judge Charles Dodson notified the parties involved with the Jackson-Maddox residency case that he has decided to recuse himself.
In a three page “Order of Recusal”, Judge Charles Dodson wrote “I hereby recuse myself and request the Chief Judge of the circuit to appoint anew judge on the case.”
Judge Dodson had previously denied a motion for disqualification filed by Dr. Erwin Jackson. However, that changed after the First DCA ruled the motion was legally sufficient.
You can read the “Order of Recusal” here.
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