18th Circuit Judge, Group 15

June 27, 2020
Tesha Scolaro Ballou (Incumbent) vs Michael Bross
Seminole County
Brevard County
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About this Court Position

General Information

In the race for 18th Circuit Judge, Group 15 Circuit Judge Tesha Scolaro Ballou is being challenged by Melbourne attorney Michael Bross.

Tesha Scolaro Ballou (Incumbent) - Winner (63%)

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Tesha Scolaro Ballou was appointed to this seat in 2019 by Governor Ron DeSantis. She notes she has a great deal of experience, not only as a lawyer but as a judge. As a lawyer, she worked as an assistant district attorney and for an insurance company. She has dealt in criminal, civil and administrative matters. She also held a "quasi-judicial" role in administrative hearings. Directly before her appointment, she was General Magistrate for Seminole County. She feels it is important for judges to understand the stress and life impact of a court appearance. As a judge, she is friendly and explains the proceedings to litigants. She also wants them to feel heard. There was a controversy with her appointment process, but I have found no reports that she was involved in the irregularities.

Additional Background

A. Michael Bross

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As a lawyer, Michael Bross has experience in both criminal and civil cases. Because he loves the law, he has participated in many courtroom cases and has appealed many cases, federal and civil. As judge, he would set reasonable bonds and ensure litigants understand proceedings. Early on, he had 3 active years in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Analyst. He was reprimanded in 1997 for not appearing in court. He says was because snowed in and unable to return to Florida in time. In 1998 he was disciplined by the state Supreme Court for bookkeeping irregularities. He has regrets that while paying out money to clients, his accounting records weren't as orderly as the state would expect.

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Last Updated:
September 5, 2020

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