On August 24, 2016, Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino signed Administrative Order 2016-052 PA-CTY addressing the Appointment of Judges to Hear Certain Misdemeanors and Local Ordinance Violations for Veterans at a Satellite Location. The administrative order is intended to assist in the reduction of outstanding non-violent misdemeanor warrants and warrants for failure to appear for local ordinance violations for veterans in Pasco County and to provide assistance to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts in reaching out to homeless veterans.
Morris Law Firm, P.A. represents military veterans in Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding areas of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Florida. This article explains the how certain cases involving veterans are handled in Pasco County.
Court Cases Involving Veterans in Pinellas County, Florida
Administrative Order 2016-052 PA-CTY designated the following location to hold court proceedings on September 30, 2016:
Veterans Memorial Park Recreation Center
14333 Hicks Road
Hudson, FL 34669
Pasco Administrative Judge Shawn Crane and other judges designated by Chief Judge Rondolino were authorized to hear any local ordinance violation case and any non-violent misdemeanor case involving a veteran and thereafter:
- to accept a plea;
- withdraw a warrant or capias and set the matter for subsequent hearing;
- otherwise dispose of misdemeanors with the consent of the State Attorney and defense attorney;
- resolve fines on closed felony cases; and
- otherwise dispose of local ordinance violations as appropriate.
These judges were allowed to exercise this authority over any case involving a veteran regardless of the section to which the case was assigned. The Chief Judge signs these types of administrative orders periodically, with a prior Appointment of Judges to Hear Certain Misdemeanors and Local Ordinance Violations for Veterans at a Satellite Location having been issued on March 15, 2016.
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