Nineteenth Circuit Court Civil Bench Judges – 2017
Martin County – Honorable Judge William L. Roby
Judge Roby was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge on January 21, 2000 by Governor Bush. Prior to his appointment, Judge Roby was a civil attorney practicing both personal injury and commercial litigation and was Board Certified in Civil Trial and Business Litigation.
Judge Roby has experience in all the circuit divisions and was the 19th Circuit Chief Judge from December 2004 to July 2009.
He will be taking over the circuit civil division in Martin County held by the Honorable Judge F. Shields McManus, who retired at the end of 2016.
St. Lucie County – Honorable Judge Janet C. Croom
Judge Croom was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge on January 8, 2015 by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to her appointment, Judge Croom was a solo private attorney practicing construction and commercial litigation and was Board Certified in Business Litigation and Construction Law. She also practiced with several Indian River County firms from 1997 to 2014.
Since her appointment, Judge Croom has been assigned to the St. Lucie County Circuit Civil division, taking over for the retired Honorable Judge Dwight Geiger.
Indian River County – Honorable Paul B. Kanarek
Judge Kanarek has been a Circuit Judge in the 19th Circuit since 1988. He was the Chief Judge of the 19th Circuit from 1997 to 2001. Prior to being on the bench, Judge Kanarek was a criminal defense attorney and an Assistant Public Defender.
Judge Kanarek has experience in all the circuit divisions and was placed in the Indian River circuit civil division in 2015.
Okeechobee County – Honorable Laurie E. Buchanan
Judge Buchanan was elected as a Circuit Judge in 2014 after being a hearing officer for the 19th Circuit since 2006. Prior, she practiced law on the Treasure Coast since 1995 handling family, criminal, and child abuse cases. In 1997, she was the 19th Circuit’s first full-time Guardian ad Litem attorney. Since her election, Judge Buchanan has been placed in the Martin County circuit family division, but will hold the Okeechobee circuit civil division starting in 2017, taking over for Honorable Judge Gary Sweet.