Judge Judith Hawkins

2ndcircuit.leoncountyfl.gov

Leon County Circuit Judge Judith Hawkins wants the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to remove her from the bench.

Hawkins had until Friday at midnight to request a rehearing. In a request to reconsider the judgment, Hawkins writes she did not deceive the JQC and handed over all documents requested. She also says her response of “fighting the good fight” was taken out of context.

2ndcircuit.leoncountyfl.gov

The Florida Supreme Court has removed Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins from the bench. Hawkins sold her religious books from her office to lawyers and staffers as part of her for-profit ministry.

Gaza Road Ministries

Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins is fighting to hold onto her job. She’s filed a response to a recommendation by a state judicial prosecutor that she be tossed off the bench.

In her response, filed Thursday with the Florida Supreme Court, Hawkins said the removal recommendation was a much stronger penalty than what had originally been suggested by the hearing panel for the state’s judicial qualifications commission. 

Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission wants the Florida Supreme Court to fire Leon Judge Judith Hawkins. The group isn't buying Hawkins' reasons for why she should keep her job.

Gaza Road Ministries

A Leon County Circuit Judge is being charged with using her office to promote her private business.

The Judicial Qualifications Committee or JQC, says Judge Judith Hawkins used her role as judge to promote her private, for-profit business, Gaza Road Ministries. Among the evidence gathered in the case are photos of Hawkins in her robe on the bench that are posted on the businesses website.