Judge Hurley to leave bond court, moving to criminal division

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - After nearly eight years, bond court judge John Hurley, known for his witty banter and off-the-cuff comments is moving to the criminal division.

“I’m going to a trial division where things just move slower, we have time to deal with each case,” Hurley said.

Hurley said he has probably seen over 250,000 cases during his tenure. “It’s the end of an era, Judge Hurley was the first full-time first appearances judge ever in Broward County, and he really became the face of the 17th Judicial Circuit,” said Lawyer Bill Gelin.

Under Hurley, Broward Circuit Court became the first courtroom in the nation to broadcast live on the internet. “If I misspeak, I mispronounce somebody’s name, it’s on YouTube,” Hurley said.

Hurley will be in his new post Monday, with Senior Assistant Attorney General Michael Davis taking his place in bond court. “It’s difficult to follow in Judge Hurley’s footsteps because he is so amazing, but I was really excited about the opportunity,” Davis said.

Hurley said he will miss his staff and the people who came into his courtroom everyday. “They may not get always what they want, but they know they’ve been treated fairly,” Hurley said.

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