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First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive.
Tallahassee, Florida

(850) 487-1000 main

(850) 488-6151 clerk's office

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Jon S. Wheeler, Clerk of the Court.  Retired.

Jon S. Wheeler has served as Clerk of the Court for Florida's District Court of Appeal, First District, since December 31, 1990. The First District Court of Appeal is one of the largest appellate courts in the country both in terms of number of judges and number of cases filed and disposed annually. The court's geographical jurisdiction is the largest in the state of Florida and consists of 32 counties including all counties from Alachua County (Gainesville) north and from Jacksonville to Pensacola. It also has exclusive statewide jurisdiction to review all workers' compensation appeals.

 Mr. Wheeler was a member of the charter class of Florida State University's College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in December 1968. He also received his B.S. degree in business from Florida State University (1966). He is licensed to practice law in Florida and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals.

Mr. Wheeler has been a member of the National Association of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC) since 1991. He served on the Executive Committee from 1996 through 1998. He has also served on the Program and Publicity Committees and chaired the Nominating Committee in 1999. Mr. Wheeler has been a regular presenter at the NCACC's annual conferences. His presentations have included "The Use of Video Teleconferencing for Appellate Oral Argument" in 1995, "Handling Pro Se Litigants in the Appellate Courts" in 1996, "Hiring and Retaining Deputy Clerks" in 1998, and in 1999 "Florida's Court's Performance and Accountability Study" and Florida's Appellate Courts' Case Management System." Mr. Wheeler is a contributing editor to The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education book, Florida Appellate Practice. He has also participated in national programs to improve efficiency of appellate court processing including a by-invitation seminar by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) program in Portland, Maine, in June 1994 to address "Procedural Innovations for Appellate Courts: Criminal Appeals."

Mr. Wheeler has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to participate in numerous commissions and committees having impact on the Florida Judiciary including the Study Committee on Confidentiality of Records of the Judicial Branch and the Florida Judicial Management Council's project on Long Range Planning, the Appellate Court Focus Group in February 1996 and March 2000.

Mr. Wheeler, before being appointed as the third Clerk of the Court for the First District Court of Appeal, served over 21 years as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. Before retiring at the rank of colonel, his positions included serving as Legal Advisor and Legislative Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (1984-1988) and Staff Judge Advocate of the Air Force District of Washington (1988-1990).

Mr. Wheeler is married to the former Marylynn Kennedy, and they have three adult children.


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