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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.

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Jonathan Sjostrom, Chief Judge

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» 2019-02-05: Notice to New and Current Second Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys

A Second Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorney Application has been posted to the 2nd Judicial Circuit website.


All NEW attorneys seeking approval for the court appointed/conflict attorney registries must submit an application for FY19/20 effective July 1, 2019. All applications must be received by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm.


Should you have any questions, please contact Paula Watkins at (850) 606-4422 or via e-mail at watkinsp@leoncountyfl.gov.


Other important conflict attorney information is listed on the 2nd Circuit website at http://2ndcircuit.leoncountyfl.gov/


CURRENT 2nd Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys will need to submit a new application this year. If you wish to be removed from the registry, you must submit information to Paula Watkins by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm as well.


Thank you for your time!


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» 2019-01-03: New applicants and current Certified Process Servers who wish to renew their certification for 2019-2020 shall turn in all required documentation and fees to the Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225, on or before February 28, 2019.

The Process Server Seminar and Exam will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 1:30p.m. in Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225. You will not be permitted to sit for the exam unless all required documents and fees have been turned in by the above deadline.

If you need additional information, please call Court Administration, Paula Watkins, at (850) 606-4422 or via e-mail at watkinsp@leoncountyfl.gov Link
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Most civil and criminal cases in Florida originate at the trial court level. The circuit courts are courts of general jurisdiction, handling such matters as domestic relations, major criminal offenses, probate issues, civil cases involving amounts greater than $15,000, and appeals from county courts.

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