• 10 Jun 2016 12:54 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

  • 31 May 2016 1:12 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

    Retirement party for Judge Marc Salton will be held on Friday June 10th at Noon in Courtroom 1B. 

    Wings, pizza and cake will be served.

  • 17 May 2016 1:53 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

    Please take this time to nominate an individual for the 2016 Justice Award. The Justice Award is presented to a lawyer or non-lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the justice system this past year. Please nominate only one individual.

    You may use this form and fax it to (727) 264-0610 or send an email to All nominations must be made by May 31, 2016. The WPBA will present the award to the winner at the Installation Banquet on June 9, 2016.

    2016 Justice Award nominations.pdf

  • 10 May 2016 12:30 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

    MAY 20, 2016

    1:00PM - 4:00PM


    14155 58TH ST NORTH

    CLEARWATER 33760


  • 06 May 2016 10:19 AM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

    Estate Planning Attorney Association

    May 20, 2016


    Leaning Tower of Pizza

    5205 Grand Blvd. kindly be seated by noon

    New Port Richey FL



  • 04 May 2016 10:23 AM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

  • 26 Apr 2016 10:17 AM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

  • 14 Apr 2016 3:21 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

  • 12 Apr 2016 2:58 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)

    Retired Pinellas Circuit Judge Susan F. Schaeffer, a former chief judge who presided over several high profile cases and was known statewide for her expertise in the death penalty field, died Tuesday.

    She was 73.

    A lung cancer survivor, Judge Schaeffer found out in January that the cancer had returned and spread to her spine, said Sue Rudd, her partner of 35 years. Judge Schaeffer was in was in hospice care at the time of her death, Rudd said.

    "I was with her as well as her stepson, Andrew," she said.

    Judge Schaeffer sat on the Pinellas-Pasco Court for 23 years and was chief judge for six years. She was known statewide for her knowledge of the state's death penalty and for her work as chairwoman of the Trial Court Budget Commission. She was a former finalist for the Florida Supreme Court.

    One of her highest profile cases came in 1994, when she presided over the trial and sentencing of Oba Chandler, who in 1989 murdered Joan Rogers and daughters Michelle and Christe. The Ohio family was visiting Florida when they were found in Tampa Bay, tied to concrete blocks.

    Judge Schaeffer sentenced Chandler to death and he was executed by lethal injection in 2011. She would later describe him as "probably the vilest, most evil defendant I ever handled."

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    Judge Schaeffer was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004 and retired at the end of that year. The St. Petersburg resident had a "12 wonderful years of retirement," Rudd said, playing golf, playing piano, making stained glass and relaxing in the North Carolina mountains.

    Even in retirement, though, Judge Schaeffer enjoyed sharing stories about her longtime career in the justice system, Rudd said.

    "I always felt like she was defined by her profession," Rudd said. "I think it was everything to her."

    Rudd was working Tuesday on funeral arrangements

  • 12 Apr 2016 12:44 PM | Sue Fern (Administrator)


    As was announced at the April CLE, the West Pasco Bar Association will be participating in Law Week’s High School Speakers Program again this year. So far, we have scheduled Fivay High School on May 3rd and Gulf High School on May 4th. For those unfamiliar with the program, attorneys and judges are asked to commit as little as one hour or as much as an entire day to speaking to local high school classes about their rights and responsibilities as young adults. This is such a valuable experience to both the speakers and our local community.

    Although teachers are still in the process of volunteering their classes for the program, we hope that you will save the date if you are interested in speaking to a high school class.

    If you have questions or would like to volunteer some time, please email Ryan Doddridge at At the same time, please indicate how much time you would like to spend and if you prefer mornings or afternoons.

    Thank you for your consideration and participation in this great progr

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