County Judge of Monroe County

Sixteenth Judicial Circuit

Freeman Justice Center ~ Monroe County Courthouse

302 Fleming Street

Key West, Florida 33040

Education

    • Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 1988
    • AA received from the American University in Paris, France; BA from Stratford College in Danville, VA

 

Judicial Experience

    • Elected to the 16th Judicial Circuit bench in 2004 and has been presiding as a County Judge since 2005...

 

Legal Experience

    • Assistant State Attorney for Sixteenth Judicial Circuit for seven years
    • Followed by another seven years, partner in the law firm of Fowler & Fowler, P.A. concentrating on DUI defense, criminal defense, and civil litigation

 

Association

    • Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member of the Florida Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association
    • Judge Fowler and her husband are very active in the community of Key West and serve on numerous boards
    • President of the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of America, Monroe County, Inc.
    • Former Vice-president of the Board of Directors of Womankind
    • Member of the Military Affairs Committee
    • Member and past board member of Key West Woman's Club
    • 16th Judicial Circuit Representative for the Committee on Professionalism
    • Chairman of the Monroe County Elections Canvassing Board
    • Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Key West Lions Club and recipient of the "2015 Lion of the Year Award."
    • Honored as Unsung Hero for LVA by Community Foundation of the Florida Keys in 2016
    • Member of the Criminal Justice, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant Planning Council
    • Mentor for Take Stock in Children
    • Graduate Leadership Monroe Academy 2016

 

Personal

    • In 2008, Judge Fowler christened the USNS Robert E. Peary, a Navy Ship named after her great-grandfather, Admiral Peary, the discoverer of the North Pole
    • Judge Fowler is married to former Circuit Judge Richard Fowler and has a son, Robert, who is a local businessman.

 


COMMUNICATING WITH THE COURT

 

The Code of Judicial Conduct forbids judges from permitting or considering ex parte communications outside the presence of the parties on matters concerning pending or impending judicial proceedings. See Fla. Code Jud. Conduct, Canon 3B(7). Accordingly, do not contact the Court expecting to speak to the judge about any case. Moreover, neither the Court nor the judicial assistant can give legal advice on any subject. You may, however, contact the judicial assistant concerning purely procedural or scheduling matters. If you are an unrepresented criminal defendant, any communication with the Court must be in writing with a copy provided to the State Attorney. If you want the Court to take any action in your case, you must file the appropriate motion with the clerk and follow the procedure set forth below to have the motion heard.

 

 

 

 

PROCEDURE FOR SETTING MOTIONS

 

Parties who want the Court to take any action in their case must file the appropriate motion with the clerk. Contacting the judicial assistant by telephone or e-mail is not a substitute for filing a motion, and the Court will not act on an informal request of that kind. Parties desiring to have a motion heard by the Court must first file it with the clerk of court and then set it for hearing. Please keep in mind these are separate steps involving different parties and must be done in that order: a motion must (1) be filed with the clerk and (2) be set for hearing by the Court. It is the responsibility of the moving party to take both of these steps.

 

The Court schedules its own motions. Accordingly, once a motion has been filed with the clerk, the moving party must contact the Court to arrange for the motion to be set for hearing. Parties wishing to set motions should make a request by e-mail with the Court’s judicial assistant, Jennifer DaSilva, at External link opens in new tab or windowJennifer.DaSilva@KeysCourts.net. All parties to the case must be copied on the e-mail. Please include the case name and case number in the subject line. Kindly state the type of motion you wish to set and the approximate amount of time you anticipate the motion will require. If you are seeking to appear remotely by telephone or videotelephony (i.e., Zoom), you must indicate whether the other parties to the case consent to your remote appearance. Advance permission from the Court is required for remote appearances.

 

Once Ms. DaSilva has provided potential dates, coordinate with the other parties to select a mutually agreeable date and time for the hearing. Please do not copy the judicial assistant on communications solely between counsel. After the parties agree on a date, Ms. DaSilva will acknowledge by e-mail that the motion has been set for hearing and copy all parties. The moving party should thereafter file a notice of hearing with the clerk.

 

 

NO MOTION NOT CONFIRMED IN ADVANCE BY THE JUDICIAL ASSISTANT WILL BE HEARD BY THE COURT