There is a new judge conducting court in the Jackson County Court House. He began dispensing justice on Monday, August 30th, 2010.
He is the Honorable John L. Fishel who was appointed by Governor Crist to fill the position in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit vacated by the retirement of Honorable Richard Albritton in March. He will serve through January 2013.
Judge Fishel will assume duties in Jackson and Bay counties, initially focusing on civil docket cases. He will rule on domestic violence cases in Bay County on Thursdays, and will be in our courthouse the other four days of the week. After January, he is planned to cover Jackson County cases five days per week.
Fishel is a graduate of Bay High School in Panama City. He then attended Georgia Tech and acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management. After Georgia Tech, he earned a law degree at FSU.
He and his wife Elyse have two children. They have been devoted to each other since middle school. They live in Panama City.
After earning his law degree from FSU, Fishel entered law practice, specializing in civil law. He has worked in Jackson County on many occasions, especially serving as a mediator in civil cases.