Judge Stephen H. Grimes
Judge Grimes received his B.S., B.A. and L.L.B. degrees from the University of Florida in 1950 and 1954 and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the Stetson university of Law in 1980. He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1953. From 1954 to 1973 he practiced law in Bartow, Florida with the law firm of Holland & Knight where he became head of its litigation department. In 1966, he was President of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Governor Askew appointed Judge Grimes to the Second District Court of Appeal, and he took office on October 15, 1973. He was reelected in 1974, and retained in 1980. From 1978 to 19080 he served as chief judge of the court. During his tenure on the court he has been chairman of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, and a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Rules committee, the Florida Supreme Court Appellate Structure Commission, the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instruction in Criminal Cases, the Florida Supreme Court Article V Review commission, the Florida council on Criminal Justice, and the Florida Bar Tort Litigation Review Commission. He also has served as adjunct professor of criminal justice as Florida Southern College. He is a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers And a member of the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society. Since 1982, he has been a member of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and now serves as vice-chairman.