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A Changing Of The Guard On The South Palm Beach County Bench

In the third week of January, the Family Law divisions in the South Palm Beach County  Courthouse will be home to two new Judges and one new General Magistrate. As Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Family Law Committee and as a current Director of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association, I know I speak for my colleagues when saying that we are ending a very special era in our little corner of Palm Beach County. Judges James L. Martz and Rosemarie Scher and G.M. Alijewicz are transferring out of Delray to new assignments.

They, together with Judge Martin Colin, have for the past two years as a team, provided the citizens of South Palm Beach County with a level of skill and commitment that every lawyer engaged in Family Law can only hope to enjoy. These jurists have come to court prepared each and every day having reviewed the motions before them and ready to dispense sound and reasonable rulings. Although I may not always agree with the substance of their decisions, I cannot but respect the exercise of their discretion and their judicial demeanor. It has been a privilege to practice before Judges Martz, Scher and G.M Alijewicz and we will truly miss them.

Fortunately, Judge Colin will remain in South County as we warmly welcome Judges David French and Timothy McCarthy to the Family Law Bench. Judge McCarthy returns after a long absence from South County and Judge French, who is a South Palm Beach County fixture, takes the Family Bench for the first time after serving for years on the Circuit Civil bench.

We wish all the best to Judges Martz, Scher and to G.M Alijewicz and hope that you will be back with us in the future.

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