West Palm Beach, Florida , United States
|| October 00, 1952
Jun 28, 2020 11:35am
|Info||Jorge Labarga was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to Florida as a young boy where he lived with his family in Pahokee. He served on the bench for thirteen years before his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Charlie Crist on January 2, 2009, and he assumed the office on January 6, 2009. |
Justice Labarga received his bachelor's degree in 1976 and his law degree in 1979, both from the University of Florida. He worked from 1979 to 1982 as an assistant public defender in Florida's Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and from 1982 to 1987 as an assistant state attorney in the same circuit.
He was in private practice from 1987 to 1996 before his appointment as a circuit judge in the Fifteenth Circuit by Gov. Lawton Chiles.
Justice Labarga is the 84th Justice to take office at the Florida Supreme Court since statehood was granted in 1845.
When he was first named to the circuit court in 1996 by former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles, Labarga said, he changed his party affiliation from Republican to no-party to make sure politics had no place in his decision-making.