Amanda P. Wall
for Circuit Judge, Group 4
Amanda P. Wall was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee as Administrative Magistrate in 2014 where she has presided over more than 3,000 family law cases. She is experienced in conducting trials, hearing testimony and evidence, running a courtroom, as well as supervising the family law division Magistrates, Hearing Officers, case managers, and mediators for the past six years. She has been the Director of the Unified Family Court for the Second Judicial Circuit since 2016. She must resign from her position as Administrative Magistrate on April 24, 2020 in order to be elected as your Circuit Judge.
Amanda's dedication to the law, serving the needs of the families of the Second Circuit, and her 31 years of legal experience is what sets Amanda apart. Since becoming the Administrative Magistrate for our community she has been appointed by the Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Florida to the statewide Supreme Court of Florida Steering Committee for Family Court. She is an active member of Tallahassee Women Lawyers, the Tallahassee Bar Association and is a member of the Barristers Association, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. In 2019 she was awarded the Hugh Starnes Service to Community Award.
Amanda is a dedicated legal volunteer in the community. She has taught each year for the Legal Aid Foundation Thunderdome Project preparing pro bono attorneys for family law cases, and is appointed to the Second Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. She has taught ethics and procedures to Magistrates at the Florida Judicial College and has presented at events on trauma awareness in the family courts and has received her Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience from Florida State University.
Prosecutor • Assistant Attorney General • Family Lawyer
Before becoming the Administrative Magistrate for the Second Circuit in Tallahassee, Amanda began her career as a Prosecutor in Miami in 1989. She was hired by the Honorable Janet Reno and prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes, before becoming a Special Felony Prosecutor for Domestic Violence Crimes and Assistant Chief Prosecutor in the Juvenile Division. After 5 years as an experienced Prosecutor in Miami she became an Assistant Attorney General in the Hollywood office of Attorney General Robert Butterworth.
As an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division, Amanda represented the Department of Corrections and Department of Insurance in federal and state court tort litigation, civil rights actions, and extraordinary writs. In 1996 she moved with her husband to Tallahassee and after raising her four children eventually began working in private practice as a family law litigator. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator. She worked in private practice in our community until appointed as a Magistrate in 2014.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD JUDGE?
Judges must have the knowledge and experience to rule on evidence, testimony and procedure while applying the law. A judge must possess a demeanor that is respectful of the litigants and the attorneys, while maintaining measured control of the court process. Amanda P. Wall brings to the Circuit Court all of these qualities and the proven ability to run a courtroom, with respect and compassion, while always following the law. She can be relied upon to be calm and positive and treat all the citizens in our community with justice and fairness.