Circuit Appellate Panel
On July 1, 2013, a new three judge panel system was implemented in the 17th Judicial Circuit, to preside over county to circuit civil appeals. With a process pattern similar to the 4th District Court of Appeals, this panel will preside not only over county to circuit civil appeals, but also preside over petitions for extraordinary writs seeking mandamus, quo warranto, certiorari, prohibition or habeas corpus relief whether the appeal originates from county civil or county criminal.
Judicial officers on the panel rotate every six months. The initial group of three include the Honorable Jeffrey E. Streitfeld, Honorable Carol-Lisa Phillips, and Honorable Michael L. Gates. In January 2014, another three circuit civil judges will assume the responsibility.
Administrative Order establishing the panel