On Thursday, September 14, 2023, the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission formally charged Circuit Judge Nancy Jacobs for alleged misconduct during her 2022 campaign. The charges encompass a range of violations, including neglecting campaign social media content oversight and making inappropriate remarks about her opponent.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Nancy Jacobs.”

The charges cited Florida Code of Judicial Conduct 1, 2A, 2B, 3B(2), 3B(4), 3B(7), 7A(3)(a-d), and 7A(3)(e)(i-iv).

The Investigative Panel of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission found probable cause for formal proceedings to be instituted against Judge Jacobs. The charges highlight instances where Judge Jacobs failed to appropriately monitor her campaign’s social media accounts, resulting in the dissemination of false statements about her opponent’s stance on abortion. In addition to the social media misconduct, Jacobs is accused of disparaging her campaign opponent’s character and religious beliefs. She is alleged to have labeled her opponent a bigot and anti-Semite and criticized his religious beliefs as potentially compromising his impartiality.

The Notice of Formal Complaint states:

“You made other inappropriate and disparaging remarks about your campaign opponent. For example: During your campaign, you sent a text message to a citizen stating that your opponent was “a bigot, an anti-Semite. ..not a good person.. hates me and people like me.”

Furthermore, Jacobs faces charges of making baseless accusations of racial and ethnic discrimination against her opponent, as well as injecting inappropriate partisan politics into a non-partisan judicial campaign. The charges also include solicitation of a lawyer to run against another sitting judge with whom Jacobs had a strained relationship.

One of the most notable charges against Jacobs pertains to an incident during a recess in her courtroom. She is accused of making derogatory comments about a lawyer’s appearance, referring to him as “fat” and “balding” in front of courthouse personnel and opposing counsel.

The charges have raised questions about Judge Jacobs’ fitness to hold her position and have prompted public scrutiny. The Florida Planned Parenthood PAC, which endorsed Jacobs during her campaign, expressed regret for their support, stating, “Turns out that ripping autonomy from Floridians is pretty unpopular.”

Judge Jacobs has admitted to the conduct outlined in the charges, acknowledging that each violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. She has been notified of her right to file a written answer within twenty days of service of the notice.

Judge Jacobs attended the University of Miami School of Law, graduating in 1985. Judge Jacobs’s courtroom is located at 301 N. Michigan Ave., Room 2016 Plant City, Florida 33563, Courtroom #2, and can be reached at (813) 272-6137. Her info can be found on fijud13.org.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.