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About Michael Bateh

Michael Bateh has spent a lifetime serving our community. Recognized for his commitment to supporting our most vulnerable and defending the principles of justice, Michael is ready to serve as Duval County Judge. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law, Michael is well versed in the legal system and equipped for the bench.

Michael has also worked as a high school substitute teacher and coach. In this role, Michael mentored students as they transitioned to the next steps in their academic and working future. Within the legal community, he is a respected volunteer and known for ongoing efforts to build upon his knowledge. He is a member of Jacksonville Bar Association Board of Governors and serves on many of its committees. He is also a member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee and serves as chair, as well as the University of North Florida Pre-Law Program Board of Advisors.

Michael’s integrity, experience, and tough-but-fair approach to the law mean the people of Jacksonville can trust him to ensure justice is served. Now Michael is ready to put his lifetime’s worth of experience helping others find justice to work as Duval County Judge.

Vote for Michael Bateh for Duval County Judge.

"Michael will provide the type of sound, common sense judgement we need on the bench, and I'm honored to support him"

Sheriff Mike Williams

"We believe that Michael Bateh's dedication to serving his community will be a positive contribution to the judicial system and the citizens of his district."

Fraternal Order of Police

Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters endorses Michael Bateh for Duval County Court Judge, Group 3. This endorsement was enacted by unanimous vote of our membership on March 15, 2018. We look forward to working with Michael during the campaign.

Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters

"I believe Michael Bateh is a person of high integrity, honor and ethics. He will be fair, impartial and trustworthy as a County Court Judge. I fully endorse and support him for Duval County Court Judge, Group 3."

John Delaney
President, University of North Florida and Former Mayor City of Jacksonville

"LiUNA local 630 believes Michael is the most qualified for the Group 3 judgeship. Our members look forward to working with Michael as he becomes our County Judge"

Labor International Union of North America

"We hope that Michael will go on to win and be a Judge that serves with a mind to the special issues of working class citizens of Jacksonville."

North Florida Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

"Michael Bateh is the best choice for Judge. His ethics and integrity are unmatched. Michael has volunteered his time and been active in the community for many years. He does the right thing because it is the right thing to do. I know he will always listen to the people who come before him. I am honored to endorse him."

Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall

"The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #177 endorses Michael Bateh for Duval County Judge, Group 3. We believe he is the most qualified candidate and will best serve our community with integrity, fairness and good judgement."

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

"I am pleased to endorse the candidacy of Michael Bateh for County Court Judge, Group 3, in the 2018 Primary Election."

Danny Becton, Jacksonville City Council, District 11

"Michael Bateh is a man of integrity, who respects the rule of law and has a passion for justice. He is the right choice for Duval County Court Judge, Group 3."

Ken Jefferson, "Crime and Safety Expert"

"As Mayor of Neptune Beach, I am proud to endorse Michael Bateh for County Judge in our Fourth Judicial Circuit. Michael’s experience, demeanor, character, and knowledge of the law make him perfectly suited to serve our community as a County Court Judge. I hope you will join me in supporting Michael for election to the County Court bench."

Elaine Brown, Mayor, City of Neptune Beach

Endorsement for Circuit Court: Michael Bateh
"Bateh’s legal experience — and equally important. his refreshing sense of humility — will make him an excellent addition to County Court, Group 3."
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Florida Times Union

"Michael Bateh is a well-respected member of the Jacksonville Community who has shown integrity and dedication to the law and local citizens. He is my choice for Duval County Court Judge, Group 3."

Tommy Hazouri, Jacksonville City Council Member at Large, Group 3

Michael Bateh Is:


One Of Our Own

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Michael is a lifelong member of our community. The son of immigrants, Michael learned to appreciate the importance of giving back from a young age. That’s why, in addition to his work in the legal community, he volunteers at the Sulzbacher Center and supports efforts to combat homelessness. He also serves as a presiding judge for the Duval County Teen Court Program.

Jacksonville is home for Michael. Our community’s success matters to him – it’s personal. As Duval County Judge, Michael will employ a community-based approach that puts people first.

Tough, But Fair

Jacksonville has made real progress in recent years, but in Duval County, high crime rates continue to plague our streets. As Duval County Judge, Michael will take a tough-but-fair approach to dealing with criminals. Plus, as a member of the Federalist Society, we can trust Michael to adhere to the constitution and protect our freedoms.

As Duval County Judge, Michael will ensure justice is served fairly. He will work every day to uphold the law and keep Jacksonville residents safe.

Experienced Attorney & Business Owner

Michael began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender before joining a well-respected law firm, eventually becoming a small business owner by starting his own practice. Today, Michael once again serves in the Office of the Public Defender Charlie Cofer. He is currently Division Chief of the Homicide/Capital Crimes Unit, having previously served as Division Chief in Circuit Court.

Michael’s legal career, coupled with his time as a small business owner, has led to him helping everyday people, from all walks of life, find justice. He has the right experience to be Duval County Judge.



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Michael with his wife and two children.
Michael with his wife and two children.