Hon. Belvin Perry, Jr., is the chief judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida located in the heart of central Florida. Chief Judge Perry has led the court for a number of years. He became a circuit judge in 1989 in Osceola County and was designated administrative judge in 1991. From 1992 to 1995, he served in the criminal department in nearby Orange County. In 1995 he was chosen as chief judge for the entire circuit and served in that capacity for four years until he returned to the circuit bench in Orange County to handle civil cases in 1999. In 2001 he was again selected as chief judge of the circuit, the position he occupies today. He is the chair of the Trial Court Budget Committee for the Florida Judiciary and was recently chosen by Florida Chief Justice Charles T. Canady to chair the Florida Innocence Commission, which will examine wrongful convictions in Florida and recommend reforms. Judge Perry received his Juris Doctor degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1977; a Master of Education degree from Tuskegee University in 1974; and a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Tuskegee University in 1972.