Second District Court of Appeal

On the November ballot, voters will choose to retain two judges who currently sit on the Second District Court of Appeal.
These courts provide the opportunity for review of decisions of lower tribunals by multi-judge panels. District Courts of Appeal correct harmful errors and ensure that decisions are consistent with our rights and liberties. There are five District Courts of Appeal in Florida. The Second District Court of Appeal is headquartered in Lakeland and has a branch in Tampa.


Edward C. LaRose is the chief judge of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush and joined the court in February 2005. He was retained by voters in 2006 and in 2012. His current term expires on January 7, 2019. His term as chief judge began on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2019. Judge LaRose received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1977 from Boston College. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1980. He was unanimously elected chief judge of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal by his colleagues. 

 He is active as a Catholic Charities volunteer and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Darryl C. Casanueva is a judge on the Florida Second District Court of Appeals. He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles and has served on this court since February 14, 1998. He was retained by voters in 2000, 2006, and 2012. His current term ends on January 7, 2019. He served as chief judge from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. Judge Casanueva attended the University of South Florida where he received his B.A. degree in political science. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976. While at Loyola, he was a member of the International Moot Court Team. In 2001, he received his Masters of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.

His prior civic activities included service as president of the Port Charlotte Rotary Club; member of the Arts & Humanities Council; committee member of the Charlotte County Constitution Bicentennial Committee. Judge Casanueva has taught, as an adjunct professor at Edison Community College (now Florida Southwestern State College), the subjects of American National Government, American State and Local Government, and Constitutional Law. He and his wife endowed a scholarship there for Charlotte County students.