Judge Jay B. Rosman Takes Office as Chief Judge of the Twentieth Circuit
by Rick Callanan
I am pleased to announce that Judge Jay B.
Rosman began a two year term serving as the
Chief Judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit
on July 1, 2011.
Chief Judge Rosman brings a broad array of
experience with him as he settles into his
new role. He has been a member of the
judiciary since 1986 serving first as a county
judge and since 1992 as a circuit judge and
he has sat as an Associate Judge on the 2d
DCA three times.
As an attorney before being appointed to the
bench he was in private practice handling a
wide range of civil and criminal cases in a
small firm. Prior to private practice he served
as an Assistant State Attorney (here) and as
an Assistant Public Defender.
He has taught at the graduate and
undergraduate level teaching Business Law
and Criminal Law Courses. He has taught
law for the past 27 years at USF and Florida
Gulf Coast University.
Chief Judge Rosman has a Master of Judicial
Studies from the National Judicial College
and presently is a Doctoral candidate,
needing only to complete his dissertation for
He has received three awards while on the
bench. First, an Outstanding Teacher award,
the first time given to an adjunct, The
Governor's Peace at Home Award based on
research he did in Domestic Violence, and a
Statewide award from MADD given for the
student tours that were given while he was a
County Judge to help prevent students from
drinking and driving.
Chief Judge Rosman has had four law review
articles published while on the bench, two
dealing with domestic violence and one on
juvenile crime. The fourth article on the
return of jury trials in Russia was published
His wife Cathy is a partner in Naples with
Roetzel and Andress, practicing in the area
of civil litigation. They have been married
for 28 years and have 3 children. They live in
Preparation for his transition to Chief Judge began
long before his term started. Chief Judge-elect
Rosman began meeting with legislators, county
officials and partner-agencies so that he could "hit the
ground running" on July 1st. He met also with judges
and staff throughout the circuit to begin developing a
plan for advancing the mission of the court while
mindful there are a myriad of challenges that we face
as a court system.
We have weathered financial uncertainty over the last
few years but have pulled together to maintain high
standards for the quality of justice in the 20th Circuit.
The future will bring new challenges. Nevertheless,
our mission is the same. The courts will continue to
serve the public as efficiently and effectively as
possible and will continue to anticipate issues and be
proactive in our efforts.
Chief Judge Rosman is strongly committed to
ensuring the highest level of integrity, equality,
fairness and professionalism of the court as well as
reaching out to the public to educate it on the role of
the court, its importance and the need to preserve its