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Click to open document 05/04/2018 NOTICE-FORMAL CHARGES PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225
Click to open document 05/04/2018 STIPULATION PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225
Click to open document 05/04/2018 FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATION PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225
05/07/2018 No Fee Required
Click to open document 05/07/2018 ACKNOWLEDGMENT LETTER-NEW CASE Supreme Court Florida FSC BY: Supreme Court Florida FSC
Click to open document 05/07/2018 ORDER-HIGH PROFILE Because of significant public and media interest in this matter, this case has been designated as a high profile case and all material must be filed through the Florida Courts eFiling Portal. All documents filed will be posted on the Supreme Court web page. Parties are directed to ensure that all documents filed are in compliance with rules 2.420, 2.425 and 2.526 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.
Click to open document 06/08/2018 ORDER-RELINQUISHMENT (MISC) Upon consideration of the Judicial Qualifications Commission's Findings and Recommendation of Discipline and the parties' Stipulation, the Court rejects the Stipulation and disapproves the proposed sanctions. We remand for further proceedings to include a full hearing before the Judicial Qualifications Commission in order to fully develop the facts regarding any misconduct that occurred, so that the Court, in determining the appropriate discipline, will be apprised of all the facts and circumstances bearing on the alleged violations.
06/08/2018 RELINQUISHMENT STARTED
Click to open document 10/29/2018 RESPONSE PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225 Response to Court's June 8, 2018 Order and Notice of Filing Revised Stipulation
Click to open document 10/29/2018 STIPULATION PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225 Revised Stipulation
10/29/2018 RELINQUISHMENT ENDED
Click to open document 12/07/2018 ORDER-RELINQUISHMENT (MISC) Upon consideration of the response to the Court's June 8, 2018, order and the Revised Stipulation, the Court rejects the Revised Stipulation and disapproves the proposed sanctions. This case is remanded for further proceedings. The Court would accept a stipulation with the sanctions of a ninety-day suspension without pay, a $5000 fine, a public reprimand, and payment of the Judicial Qualifications Commission's reimbursable costs. In the event the parties are unable to enter into a second revised stipulation, a final plenary hearing shall be conducted before the Commission.
Click to open document 12/11/2018 STIPULATION PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225 Second Revised Stipulation
Click to open document 01/29/2019 DISP-PUBLIC REPRIMAND (JQC - BEFORE FSC) After careful consideration, the stipulation is hereby approved. Judge Maria Ortiz is suspended without pay from her duties as a county court judge for ninety days. Judge Ortiz shall pay a $5000 fine, as well as the costs of these proceedings, in the amount of $377.45. Finally, Judge Ortiz is ordered to appear before the Court for the administration of a public reprimand at a time to be set by the Clerk of the Court. The effective date of the suspension shall be within fifteen days from the date of this order at the direction of the Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Once the effective date is determined, the Court Administrator for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit shall submit a personnel action request form to the Personnel Office of the Office of the State Courts Administrator for processing. Absent an order from the Court, a motion for rehearing of this decision will not toll the effective date of the suspension.
Click to open document 01/30/2019 LETTER-PUBLIC REPRIMAND SCHEDULED
03/06/2019 PUBLIC REPRIMAND ADMINISTERED
Click to open document 03/07/2019 NOTICE-COMPLIANCE PT Inquiry Concerning A Judge JQC BY: PT Alexander J. Williams 99225 Satisfaction of Fine and Fees