Carlos Muñiz elected new Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court

Justice Carlos Muniz has been chosen to become the next Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

Muñiz, 52, was elected unanimously by the seven-member high court on Wednesday. He will begin a two-year term as chief justice on July 1.

He succeeds Charles Canadawho will remain on the court as a judge after completing his third term as chief judge, the last two consecutively.

Muñiz – a graduate of Yale Law School – was appointed to court on January 22, 2019 by the governor. Ron DeSantis. At that time, DeSantis said former bosses of Muñiz, the ex-governor. Jeb Bush and former Attorney General Pam Bondihad sprang from his intellectual brilliance.

“I am grateful for the privilege of serving in this capacity, and I join my colleagues in thanking Chief Justice Canady for his exceptional leadership,” Muñiz said in a press release issued by the Supreme Court. “Our Court’s purpose will remain to serve the people of our great state and support all judges and staff who work with us in the judiciary to administer justice every day.”

Prior to joining the court, Muñiz practiced in private practice and as a government attorney. This included stints as general counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos; as Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff to Attorney General Bondi; and as Deputy General Counsel in Governor Bush’s administration.

The Chief Justice is the administrative officer of the judiciary and the Supreme Court. His authority and powers include responsibility for being the primary spokesperson for the judiciary on policies of statewide significance, including the management, operation, legislative program, and budgetary priorities of the state courts.

Canady’s mandate included leading the state court system during the pandemic disruption, taking administrative steps to ensure access to courtrooms. The Supreme Court held its first oral arguments remotely in May 2020, joining courts in jurisdictions across the state conducting remote proceedings to continue the work of the courts using technology. Administrative orders issued by Canady set out procedures and authorize emergency rules allowing court events to be conducted remotely.

“With the commitment of my Supreme Court colleagues as well as justices across the state, I am proud of our efforts to keep the courts working during this difficult time,” Canady said. “I look forward to continuing my service to the Court under the guidance of my friend and colleague Judge Muñiz.”

Judge Muñiz lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Katie Munizand their three children, lydia, Robert and William.


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