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The Second Circuit comprises circuit and county trial courts in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla Counties.


Court reopening protocols and practices are directed by the Florida Supreme Court, which in turn is guided by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health.


The Chief Judge and local court staff carefully monitor public health data and local conditions each week prior to making decisions concerning court operations.


The Second Circuit is currently in Phase 2 of the Florida Supreme Court's operational response to the pandemic.


Phase 2 authorizes in-person court proceedings for certain purposes, to include jury trials.


However, most court proceedings are being conducted remotely, using Zoom and telephonic hearings.


Our courthouses are open to the public and all court employees are back at work.


Courthouse visitors are not screened for exposure to COVID nor required to wear a face mask, although security screening is conducted.


All persons entering a courtroom must wear a face mask at all times, as mandated by the Florida Supreme Court. There are no exceptions. Anyone without a face mask will be provided with one at no cost. Of course, the face mask must cover your nose and mouth.


We ask everyone in a courtroom to maintain a six foot distance from others. Seating in the courtroom has been marked to keep people six feet apart. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available in the courtroom.


The Second Circuit is preparing to transition to Phase 3 of the Florida Supreme Court's operational response to the pandemic.


Phase 3 is authorized once an effective vaccine is adequately available and in use.


In-person contact is more broadly authorized while in Phase 3, which means more court proceedings may be held in a courtroom.


If you must come to court, please rest assured that many steps have been taken to make your experience as safe as possible.


As public servants, that is how we serve you best.




2nd Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Links
Bench & Bar Meeting - State of the Circuit During COVID-19

Best Practices Guidelines
developed by the Supreme Court's Workgroup on Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19


Administrative Orders regarding COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions for Operational Phase Transitions

• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 FIRST AMENDMENT
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 SECOND AMENDMENT
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 THIRD AMENDMENT
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 FOURTH AMENDMENT
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 FIFTH AMENDMENT
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 SIXTH AMENDMENT
• 2020-13 OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE SEVENTH AMENDMENT


Photo of Judge Sjostrom

Welcome to the 2nd Judicial Circuit. As part of our commitment to keeping our work easily accessible, we have created a more navigable website with additional resources, better tools, and a new visual design to support your work and aid in the transfer of valuable information.

As Chief Judge my responsibilities include: carrying out the orders of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court; administration and supervision of the courts, judges, and officers of the courts within the judicial circuit; developing and implementing plans for the efficient operation of the courts that provide prompt disposition of cases, assignment of judges and staff, control of dockets, regulation and use of courtrooms and review of the status of inmates in local jails.

Court Administrator's Office handles judicial support functions for the circuit under my direction. This office oversees program functions set up by the judiciary. Explore our website to learn more about our office, staff, and duties.

Thank you,
Jonathan Sjostrom, Chief Judge

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Domestic Violence Protocols for COVID-19

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Announcements


» 2021-05-31: Press Release regarding the 2nd Judicial Circuit of Florida's Drug Court Awareness Month Link
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» 2021-05-18:

The courts will discontinue the live video from Leon County first appearance and criminal jury trials effective Friday, 21 May 2021. This video feed was provided during the pandemic to ensure public access to the courts. All courthouses are now open to the public, and these resources are needed elsewhere.


Although requirements restricting courthouse entry have been rescinded, social distancing and properly worn face masks are still required for all individuals who attend in-person court proceedings, as per Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-32, Amendment 8, signed 6 May 2021.

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» 2021-05-07: The New AO requires Civil Circuit jury trial cases to be resolved within 18 months, and Civil Circuit non-jury trial and Civil County cases to be resolved within 12 months. The AO also includes a case management order that must be served by Plaintiff at the beginning of the case, with other deadlines and will be strictly enforced. Link
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» 2021-03-10:

UPDATE: Teen Court is overseen by Court Administration of the Second Judicial Circuit, which follows Administrative Orders from the Florida Supreme Court. As of March 10, 2021, we are in Phase 2 which allows a very limited amount of in-person judicial proceedings in our courthouses.


We do not have a hard date of return to Teen Court hearings at the Charles A. Francis Annex. However, we are continuously monitoring COVID-19 numbers and Administrative Orders from the Florida Supreme Court.


As we get closer to returning, we will send emails and group texts to all participants. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you and take care! Jessica Goodman-Taylor goodmantaylorj@leoncountyfl.gov

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Know Your Court

On the first day of 2020:

» Dollar limits for civil cases in county court double to $30,000

» Small claims cases are increasing to include amounts up to $8,000, an increase of 60 percent

» Civil filers must include a cover sheet that specifies the amount of money in dispute in cases valued at more than $8,000

» Filing fees remain as they have been and do not change

» Increases in county courts' jurisdictional limits were passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. Increases to small claims amounts and the civil cover sheet changes were adopted in rules approved by the Supreme Court.

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