Gov. Bob Martinez has appointed Leesburg lawyer Don F. Briggs a circuit judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Hernando County. Briggs replaces Judge Earl W. Peterson, who will work in the 5th District Court of Appeal. Briggs, 38, is a former engineer and has been a lawyer in private practice since 1981. The 5th Circuit also covers Citrus, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.