Circuit Judge of Monroe County

Sixteenth Judicial Circuit

Freeman Justice Center ~ Monroe County Courthouse

302 Fleming Street

Key West, FL 33040

                                                                                                                                                   Click here for Judge Helms Court Procedures


    • BA from Valparaiso University, Indiana; major Political Science
    • American University, Washington, DC; Gov’t semester
    • Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, May 1990

Judicial Experience

    • Elected in 2014 as a Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit and presiding since January 2015
    • Administrative Family Law Judge

    • Presides over Family, Dependency and Juvenile Court, Family Treatment Court, Juvenile Drug Court and Unified Family Court in the Lower Keys presently hearing juvenile, delinquency, domestic relations [including but not limited to dissolutions of marriage, temporary and permanent restraining orders, determination of paternity cases, Department of Revenue child support enforcement cases


Legal Experience

    • Bonnie J. Helms, P.A. law practice from 1994 to 2014 concentrating on mediation, dissolution of marriage and post-dissolution issues

    • Contract Attorney for Legal Services of Monroe County, FL from 2012 to 2014

    • Associate Attorney, Imogene M. Synon, P.A., Key West from 1990 to 1994

    • Mediator in Family, Circuit, County and Dependency


    • Member, National Council Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    • Divorce without War mediation practice member
    • Member and past board member Zonta Club of Key West
    • Past member and past board member Key West Woman’s Club
    • Former Volunteer Big Sister & Former board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Monroe County, FL