The Honorable Tara P. Paluck
County JudgeLee County Court Administrative Judge
Division Lee County
|Criminal - Lee County Misdemeanors, Ordinances & Criminal Traffic||16.7%|
|Civil Traffic Infractions||11.1%|
Judicial Assistant Jessica
Phone 239) 533-8257
Fax (239) 485-2711
Lee County Justice Center
1700 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Judge Tara Pascotto Paluck was elected to a newly created County Court seat in November of 2006. As a County Court Judge, Judge Paluck has presided over all types of County Court matters including criminal misdemeanor, county civil, small claims, civil traffic infractions, and municipal/county ordinances. In April of 2016, Judge Paluck was appointed as a co-administrative judge for the Lee County Court division by Chief Judge Michael McHugh, and was also appointed the full administrative judge of County Court for Lee County in October of 2020. Since 2016, Judge Paluck has served as the Chairperson of the Lee County Public Safety Coordinating Counsel. From 2016 until 2022, Judge Paluck was elected by the Conference of County Court Judges as the Second District Vice-President. In 2022, Judge Paluck was appointed as Secretary of the Conference of the County Court Judges of Florida, and then elected to the position by the judges of the State of Florida. For several years, Judge Paluck was the Chairperson of the Technology Committee and on the Editorial and Legislative Committees for the County Court Conference. Appointed by the Chief Judge and Chief Justice, Judge Paluck is a mentor judge to new judges. Judge Paluck is also a current judicial liaison on the Arbitration/Mediation Advisory Board.
In July of 2022, Judge Paluck was asked to serve on the Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability. This Commission operates through the Policy Unit of the Court Services in the Office of State Courts Administrator at the Florida Supreme Court.
As for her education, Judge Paluck received her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. In 1994, she graduated from Creighton University School of Law. After that, Judge Paluck returned home to Lee County to intern with the State Attorney's Office. Subsequently, she began her work as a prosecutor, handling cases primarily in the Domestic Violence and Narcotics/Firearms cases. Additionally, Judge Paluck served as a liaison with the Lee County Sheriff's Office advising on search and seizure issues and attended undercover operations.
After working for the State of Florida for three years, Judge Paluck was hired by Allstate Insurance Company. For approximately eight years, Judge Paluck practiced insurance defense work. As a trial attorney for Allstate, Judge Paluck's caseload consisted mostly of bodily injury, subrogation, personal injury protection, homeowners and small claims actions.
In 2004, Judge Paluck was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a mediator in Circuit Civil cases. Additionally, Judge Paluck started her own firm developing a mediation and general law practice. Predominantly, in this capacity, Judge Paluck handled family law matters. Her practice closed when she was elected to the bench.
In 2010, Judge Paluck was recognized for serving as the presiding judge for Mental Health Court for three years. In July of 2016, she received the President's Award for Outstanding Service with the County Court Judges of Florida. Additionally, Judge Paluck has presented at continuing mediator training in Lee County, and she has been a panelist for the American Board of Trial Advocates,Mediation & ADR: Insights from the Mediators, Bar & Bench.
Over the last decade, Judge Paluck has been active in the community hosting numerous mock trials and speaking events for local schools and clubs. She has participated in several community service events such as builds with Habitat for Humanity and mentored with the Lee County Association of Woman Lawyers.
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