New judges were appointed Thursday to open benches in Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit and in the Lake and Polk county courts, the office of Gov. Rick Scott announced.

Scott appointed Robert Segal, 50, of Melbourne, to a bench in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court covering Brevard and Seminole counties, filling a seat left vacated when Judge John Harris, whom Scott appointed as an appeals court judge in July in Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeal. Segal, 50, is a general magistrate in Brevard County. He received a bachelor’s degree from George Washington and a law degree from the Vermont Law School.

Cary Rada was appointed county judge in the Lake County Court, filling a vacancy created when Scott elevated Judge James Baxley to Florida’s Fifth Judicial Circuit in August. Rada, 50, of Eustis, is president of Cary Rada P.A., He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his law degree from Stetson University.

David E. Stamey Jr. was appointed county judge in the Polk County Court, Stamey Jr. filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Williams. Stamey, 48, of Winter Haven, is an assistant state attorney of the Florida’s 10th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University.

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