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Manatee County approves special dedication in honor of a Judicial Circuit Judge

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Manatee County leaders have approved a special dedication in honor of a Judicial Circuit Judge.

On Tuesday, county commissioners approved renaming the jury assembly room at the Manatee County Judicial Center after Senior Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith, Sr.

Smith passed away in October of 2017 at the age of 94.

Smith served as a 12th Judicial Circuit Judge for 20 years and presided over many high-profile cases.

Smith's son, Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith, Jr., currently presides over one of the civil divisions of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

A dedication ceremony for the jury assembly room is scheduled for Friday, February 16th.