Judge Jennifer D. Bailey has been a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade, Florida, for twenty-five years. She is the Administrative Judge for the 25-judge Circuit Civil Division and handles a docket of Complex Business Litigation cases.
Judge Bailey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and on the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability. In 2018, she earned her L.L.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University’s School of Law, writing her thesis on “Why Don’t Judges Case Manage?”
Judge Bailey served on the Civil Justice Initiative Committee created by the Conference of Chief Justices to evaluate and recommend best practices to reduce cost and delay in state civil courts, and chaired the Court Operations subcommittee. She chaired the Florida Supreme Court Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force at the height of the foreclosure crisis, and previously she served as Dean of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, as Chair of the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee, and on the Florida Supreme Court Civil Jury Instruction and Business/Contracts Jury Instruction Committee, and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Florida Court Education Council by four consecutive Chief Justices of the Florida Supreme Court.
Judge Bailey taught as faculty for the Florida New Judge’s College, the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, and for the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges. She has received multiple awards for her service, including 2015 Florida Jurist of the Year from the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Equal Justice Judicial Leadership Award from Legal Services of Greater Miami in 2011. She is a magna cum laude double graduate of the University of Georgia (B.A., 1980, J.D. 1983). Jennifer and Mark Bailey have been married for 30 years, and they are the parents of two daughters.