IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. PI-CIR-99-47
ESTABLISHMENT OF A CAREER CRIMINAL SECTION WITHIN THE CRIMINAL DIVISION OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY
The Criminal Division within Pinellas County was established by Local Rule 1, and thereinafter, on June 10, 1986 and June 1, 1999, approval of Local Rule 1 was granted by the Supreme Court of Florida; and
Section 775.0841, Florida Statutes, was enacted to address crimes committed by multiple and repeat felony offenders; and
The Supreme Court, in In re Certification of Judicial Manpower, 521 So.2d 116 (Fla. 1988), certified the need for an additional judge in this circuit on the condition the circuit participate in a career criminal program; and;
On October 1, 1988, this circuit commenced participating in a career criminal program in accordance with the above referenced supreme court opinion and a memorandum dated September 28, 1988, from Criminal Administrator, Judge Robert E. Beach; and
The prosecution of defendants in the Career Criminal Section, of the Criminal Law Division, Pinellas County, was challenged; and
While an administrative order is not necessary for the Sixth Judicial Circuit to participate in a career criminal program, especially in light of In re Certification of Judicial Manpower; in order to eliminate further challenges to the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County's continued participation in the career criminal program, and in an abundance of caution, Administrative Order 95-51 was entered on April 11, 1995 creating a Career Criminal Section, which is known as Division “M” within the Criminal Division of Pinellas County; and
Cases involving serious habitual felony offenders are assigned to the Career Criminal Section; and
In order to provide for the assignment of cases requiring mandatory sentencing pursuant to Chapter 99-12, Laws of Florida, to the Career Criminal Section, it is therefore
1. The creation of a Career Criminal Section known as Division “M” within the Criminal Division of Pinellas County is affirmed from October 1, 1988.
2. The Career Criminal Section shall hear the following cases:
a. Cases involving serious habitual felony offenders. A defendant is a habitual felony offender as defined in §775.084, Florida Statutes.
b. Cases requiring mandatory sentencing pursuant to Section 775.087(2), Florida Statutes.
Pinellas Administrative Order 95-51 is hereby rescinded.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, this 14th day of July, 1999.
Susan F. Schaeffer, Chief Judge