Thursday, a state panel set a May 27 application deadline for candidates seeking to replace retiring Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson.
The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission also decided to meet on June 1 to review the applications and on June 11 to interview candidates.
The panel ultimately will recommend finalists to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will select Lawson’s successor.
Lawson, who was appointed as a justice in 2016 by former Gov. Rick Scott, announced last week that he will step down on Aug. 31, ending a 21-year judicial career that included serving as an Orlando-area circuit judge and a member of the 5th District Court of Appeal.
The nine-member nominating commission Thursday also elected Fred Karlinsky, a lawyer, and lobbyist with the Greenberg Traurig law firm, to serve as chairman.