Chief Judge Bertilla Soto

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Bertila A. Soto is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Division, in Florida. She was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2002 to replace the late Judge Steven Levine. She ran unopposed and was retained in the August 24, 2010 primary to a six-year term that ended on January 2, 2017. She also ran unopposed in 2016 and was retained to a term that expires on January 2, 2023. Soto received her B.S. degree from Florida International University in 1986 and her J.D. degree from the University of Miami in 1989. Soto began her career in 1987 as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Osvaldo N. Soto, Esq. She began her career in the Dade County State Attorney’s Office in 1989, first as a legal intern and, later that year, as an assistant state attorney in the Misdemeanor Division. In 1992, she joined Osvaldo N. Soto’s firm as an associate. She then served on the Miami-Dade County Court from 1997 until she was appointed to the circuit court in 2002.