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The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal is one of five intermediate appellate courts in Florida. It is located in West Palm Beach.[1]

Judges are appointed by the Governor and serve for at least one year before facing a retention election at the following general election. Once retained, they serve 6 year terms, starting from the first Tuesday (after the first Monday) in the January following their retention election.[2][3]


Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
Court information
Judges:   12
Judicial selection
Method:   Commission-selection, political appointment
Term:   6 years
Active judges

Robert Gross  •  Cory Ciklin  •  Martha Warner  •  Carole Taylor  •  W. Matthew Stevenson  •  Mark Polen  •  Melanie May  •  Dorian Damoorgian  •  Burton C. Conner  •  Jonathan D. Gerber  •  Spencer D. Levine  •  Mark W. Klingensmith  •  Alan O. Forst  •  

Current judges

JudgeTermAppointed byParty
Judge Robert Gross2008-2017
Judge Cory Ciklin2008-2017Gov. Charlie Crist
Judge Martha Warner1989-2015
Judge Carole Taylor1998-1/2019
Judge W. Matthew Stevenson1994-2015
Judge Mark Polen1989-2015
Judge Melanie May2002-2017
Judge Dorian Damoorgian2008-2017
Judge Burton C. Conner2011-1/2019Gov. Rick Scott
Judge Jonathan D. Gerber2009-2017
Judge Spencer D. Levine2009-2017
Judge Mark W. Klingensmith2013-2015Gov. Rick Scott
Judge Alan O. Forst2013-2017Gov. Rick Scott


See also


FloridaFlorida Supreme CourtFlorida District Courts of AppealFlorida Circuit CourtFlorida County CourtUnited States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaUnited States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitFlorida countiesFlorida judicial newsFlorida judicial electionsJudicial selection in FloridaFloridaTemplatewithoutBankruptcy.jpg


JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
ConnerBurton C. Conner   ApprovedAYes1,033,81977.8%ApprovedA
TaylorCarole Taylor   ApprovedAYes1,015,94677.8%ApprovedA