Circuit Judge Amy Smith announces resignation in letter to governor

Circuit Judge Amy Smith

Circuit Judge Amy Smith

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Amy Smith, a family court judge who suffered an aneurysm last year, has announced that she is retiring at the end of the month.

Although news of Smith’s retirement has been spreading in legal circles for at least a week, Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath in an email to other judges and court officials Wednesday said Smith has made her resignation official with a letter sent to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

“I have enjoyed working with Judge Smith and like many of you will miss her greatly,” Colbath said, calling Smith a “longtime childhood friend’ who lived just four houses away from him while the two attended junior high.

Smith’s last day will be March 31.

Smith, a former prosecutor, was first elected to the circuit bench in 2004. According to Colbath, she served in many divisions, including family court at the south and north county courthouses and both felony and family court at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach. Smith also worked in the circuit civil division, Colbath said.

Between her time as a prosecutor and judge, Smith practiced insurance defense law for 15 years with Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP.

In November, Smith was hospitalized with what friends later said was an aneurysm, but she had since returned to work. Her husband,