Public reprimand scheduled for absentee Palm Beach County judge

A Palm Beach County judge will go before the Florida Supreme Court on Feb. 9 to receive a public reprimand after justices concluded last week that she “acted inappropriately by failing to devote full time to her judicial duties.”

The Supreme Court last week also ordered that Judge Marni Bryson be suspended without pay for 10 days and pay a $37,500 fine. It released a letter Thursday announcing the date of the reprimand.

The Supreme Court issued last week’s opinion after an investigation by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission said Bryson, from 2016 to 2019, was absent from the courthouse more days than were allowed by judicial leave.

“On most of those occasions, she failed to properly notify or make coverage arrangements with court management,” said a Judicial Qualifications Commission document quoted in the Supreme Court opinion. “There were also some days when Judge Bryson was in the courthouse for less than a full workday.”

Bryson and the commission reached an agreement, known as a stipulation, on the disciplinary measures. The Supreme Court opinion approved that stipulation.

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