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Kevin Fitzgerald

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Judges in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit have filled one of the vacancies on the bench.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

For judges, every assignment has its challenges. The sheer volume of traffic court. The complexity of a murder or financial crimes case. The trailblazing nature of a specialty drug court.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald said Thursday he’ll move up his retirement date to this summer so the Eleventh Judicial Circuit avoids having too many vacancies on the bench later this year.