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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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» 2021-02-22: Bench & Bar Meeting - State of the Circuit During COVID-19 Link
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» 2021-02-09: Notice to New and Current Second Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys Link
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» 2021-01-26: Notice for new and current process servers. Link
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» 2021-01-07: Second Judicial Circuit Administrative Order 2020-13 SEVENTH AMENDMENT, In Re: Operational Plan for COVID-19 Response Link
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» 2020-12-23: 2020 Holiday Schedules Link
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» 2020-12-23: 2021 Holiday Schedule Link
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» 2020-12-22: COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions For Operational Phase Transitions
AOSC20-32 Amendment 6 Link
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» 2020-12-03: Administrative Order 2020-10 Third Amendment In Re: Circuit and County Judge Assignments signed by Chief Judge Jonathan Sjostrom Thursday, December 3, 2020. Link
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» 2020-12-01: OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 SIXTH AMENDMENT Link
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» 2020-09-24: Notice County Court cases previously assigned to Judge J. Layne Smith will be heard by various Leon County Court judges. Judge Smith has been appointed to the Circuit Court, and has no jurisdiction over previously assigned County Court cases. Link
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» 2020-09-18: We are excited to announce the Leon County Veterans Treatment Court has successfully graduated over 100 veterans. We are extremely proud of all the graduates. They worked hard, and we look forward to recognizing the nine veterans at the graduation ceremony on September 21st at 3:30pm. Link
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» 2020-09-04: Leon County Circuit Out-Of-Custody Plea Procedures Link
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» 2020-07-27: 2nd Judicial Circuit's YouTube Live Stream Link
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» 2020-06-07: Governor DeSantis appoints Judge J. Layne Smith to the Second Judicial Circuit Court Link
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» 2020-05-31: View 2nd Circuit 1st Appearances from May 31, 2020. Link
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» 2020-05-13: Best Practices Guidelines developed by the Supreme Court's Workgroup on Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19 Link
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» 2020-05-08: 2nd Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Links Link
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» 2020-05-08: Recorded Zoom call from the May 8, 2020 Bench-Bar Meeting Link
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» 2020-04-15: Notice to New and Current Second Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys Link
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» 2020-03-27: AO 2020-07
Emergency Temporary Standing Order Regarding Parenting in Domestic Relations Cases Link
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» 2020-03-25: AO 2020-01
Alternative Sanctioning Program for Certain Technical Violations Of Probation Of Community Control Link
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» 2020-03-25: AO 2020-02
Appointing A Member of The Second Judicial Circuit Certified Civil Process Server Review Board Link
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» 2020-03-25: AO 2020-03
Close Non-Essential and Non-Critical Court Operations Link
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» 2020-03-25: AO 2020-04
Closure Procedures in Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic Link
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» 2020-03-25: AO 2020-05
Remote Hearings Required for Essential Proceedings Link
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» 2020-03-25: AO 2020-06
Juvenile Dependency Visitation In The Time Of COVID-19 Link
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» 2019-12-27:

New applicants and current Certified Process Servers who wish to renew their certification for 2020-2021 shall turn in all required documentation and fees to the Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225, on or before February 28, 2020.


The Process Server Seminar and Exam will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020 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

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» 2019-11-15: National Adoption Day is scheduled on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 9:00am. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse.

Thank you for your time and we hope you are able to attend this special day for so many families! Link
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» 2019-08-16: You can watch the investiture of Leon County Judge Anthony Miller here... Link
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» 2019-08-13: Please find the attached press release regarding Leon County Judge Anthony B. Miller's Investiture Ceremony scheduled for this Friday, August 16, 2019 at 3:00pm. The ceremony will be held in the Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 2-E, 2nd floor. We hope that you are able to attend this very special day for Judge Miller. Link
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» 2019-05-17: Watch the investiture of Circuit Judge Stephen Everett live Link
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» 2019-05-15: Circuit Judge Stephen S. Everett’s Investiture Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 17th at 3:00pm. The ceremony will be held in the Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 2-E. Link
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» 2019-02-21: Leon County Veterans Treatment Court Graduation scheduled on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 3:30pm. The graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. Link
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» 2019-02-08: Watch the investiture of County Judge Richardson live Link
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» 2019-02-07: Judge Monique Richardson’s Investiture Ceremony scheduled for this Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3:00pm. The ceremony will be held in the Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 2-E. Link
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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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» 2019-01-25: You can watch the investiture of Circuit Judge David Frank Link
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» 2019-01-23: The investiture of recently elected Circuit Judge David Frank will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) in the Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Link
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» 2019-01-08: The investiture of recently elected Circuit Judge Ronald W. Flury will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 2E, 301 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 Link
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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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» 2019-01-03: Please find the attached press release for Franklin County Judge J. Gordon Shuler’s Investiture Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Franklin County Courthouse 33 Market Street Apalachicola, FL 32320. Link
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» 2018-12-04: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Charles A. Francis Leon County Court Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Link
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» 2018-11-08: The Second Judicial Circuit will recognize National Adoption Day on Friday, November 9, 2018. The adoption finalizations will begin on Friday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 2-E, 2nd floor. Link
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» 2018-11-07: Florida's courts are closed Monday, November 12, for Veterans Day. Link
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» 2018-11-06: Family Law Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2018-10-15: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Charles A. Francis Leon County Court Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Link
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» 2018-08-21: Family Law Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2018-08-19: Please find the attached press release for the eigth Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:30pm. The VTC graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We hope that you are able to attend. Thank you for your time! Link
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» 2018-08-03: Starting Monday, August 6, drivers should expect changing traffic patterns along Calhoun Street and Gadsden Street near the Leon County Courthouse.
All traffic should exercise caution approaching these segments of the roads and adjust driving schedules accordingly. Link
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» 2018-06-19: Please find the attached press release for Circuit Judge J. Lee Marsh's Investiture Ceremony scheduled for this Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Link
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» 2018-06-12: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Charles A. Francis Leon County Court Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Link
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» 2018-05-22: Press release for the Family Law Informational Clinic scheduled Thursday, May 24, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2018-05-17: Please find the attached press release for the Seventh Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2018 at 3:30pm. The VTC graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We hope that you are able to attend. Thank you for your time! Link
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» 2018-04-24: The latest Florida State Courts Annual Report is online.

Within the report you will find general information about the number and types of courts, the cases they handle as well as initiatives and programs that are designed to advance justice. Link
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» 2018-03-13: Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of James “Lee” Marsh to the Second Judicial Circuit Court. Marsh, 44, of Tallahassee, currently serves as Chief Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General, and previously served as Judge Advocate in the United States Navy. He received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and his law degree from the University of Florida. Marsh fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Charles A. Francis. Link
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» 2018-02-20: Family Law Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2018-02-14: Please find the attached press release for the Sixth Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, February 19, 2018 at 3:30pm. The VTC graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We hope that you are able to attend. Thank you for your time! Link
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» 2018-01-02: There is the potential for severe winter weather from 0400-1000 hrs tomorrow morning, Wednesday, 3 January 2018, in the Big Bend Area. Please take steps to protect your property and families.
Some educational institutions are closing due to concerns about buses and student drivers on icy and slick roads tomorrow morning. Closed schools include FAMU, TCC, Jefferson County Schools, and Leon County Schools. Other schools in our area have not announced closings.
At this time, the Second Circuit Court will remain open. Employees may take leave if they feel conditions are unsafe or they are unexpectedly responsible for child care tomorrow. Please coordinate any mandatory court responsibilities with your co-workers so they may cover in your absence.
Everyone is asked to remain patient with litigants and others doing business with the Courts. Link
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» 2017-12-28: New applicants and current Certified Process Servers who wish to renew their certification for 2018-2019 shall turn in all required documentation and fees to the Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225, on or before February 28, 2018.
Click link for more information. Link
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» 2017-12-26: The Florida WINGS group requests your participation in this survey. The goal of the survey is to gather information about, and to identify areas of need and concern with respect to, the current state of guardianship, the public perception of guardianship, i.e., “delegated decision making,” and other ways of providing decision-making assistance in Florida. The results will inform a strategic planning process to develop specific goals and strategies to improve processes and increase effectiveness in Florida’s guardianship systems. Link
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» 2017-11-17: Notice to all NEW attorneys seeking approval for the court appointed/conflict attorney registries must submit an application for FY18/19 effective July 1, 2018. Link
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» 2017-11-16: Please find the attached press release for the Third Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017 at 3:30pm. The VTC graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We hope that you are able to attend. Thank you for your time! Link
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» 2017-11-13: National Adoption Day to be recognized on November 14, 2017. Link
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» 2017-10-17: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2017-10-09: Press release for the Leon County Driver's License Clinic scheduled this Friday, October 13th from 8:30am - 2:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex on Thomasville Road. Link
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» 2017-08-23: Please find the attached press release for the Third Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, August 28, 2017 at 3:30pm. The VTC graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We hope that you are able to attend. Thank you for your time! Link
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» 2017-08-22: Press release for the Family Law Informational Clinic scheduled Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2017-08-21: On Friday, October 13, 2017 there will be a Trauma-Responsive Courts Workshop to help understand and identify how Adverse Childhood Experiences affect our court system and you will be given tools and resources to implement reduction of the effects of trauma. Link
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» 2017-07-31: Attached please find the press release for the Tenth Anniversary of Animal Therapy in the Courts that will be held Wednesday, August 2nd at 4:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse - Courtroom 2-F. Link
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» 2017-07-05: Press release for the Leon County Driver's License Clinic scheduled this Friday, July 7th from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex on Thomasville Road. Link
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» 2017-06-13: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic to be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2017-05-23: Family Law Informational Clinic at the Leon County Courthouse Annex to be held Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Leon County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 1, 1920 Thomasville Rd Link
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» 2017-05-16: Please find the attached press release for the Third Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3:30pm. The VTC graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We hope that you are able to attend. Thank you for your time! Link
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» 2017-04-18: Please find the attached Administrative Order 2017-04 Re: Alternate Court Site - Homeless and At-Risk Veterans Stand Down Court for Leon County. Thank you. Link
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» 2017-04-17: Leon County Drivers License Clinic set for July 7, 2017. Representatives from the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Leon County Clerk's Office, Department of Revenue, State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, Leon County Probation (IDA), Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety will be on hand to assist in reviewing your DL record to determine why you are suspended, and assist in getting you all the information needed to get your license reinstated, potentially the same day. If it cannot be reinstated immediately, you will receive instructions on what steps need to be taken to reinstate your license. Link
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» 2017-03-17: If you are a certified Arbitrator or Parent Coordinator willing to work in the Second Judicial Circuit please complete an application to be included on our Roster. To learn more about the Parent Coordinator Roster Link. To learn more about the Arbitrator Roster Link
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» 2017-03-15: Please find the attached press release for the Second Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Graduation scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:30pm. The graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. We truly hope that you are able to attend. Link
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» 2017-02-20: Family Law Informational Clinic at the Leon County Courthouse Annex to be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 Link
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» 2017-01-30: Notice to New and Current Second Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys: A 2nd Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorney Application has been posted to the 2nd Judicial Circuit website. All attorneys seeking approval for the court appointed registries must submit an application for FY17/18 effective July 1, 2017. Current 2nd Circuit Conflict Attorneys will need to submit a new application as well. All applications must be received by Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00pm. Thank you. Link
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» 2017-01-05: New applicants and current Certified Process Servers who wish to renew their certification for 2017 – 2018 shall turn in all required documentation and fees to the Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225, on or before March 1, 2017. Link
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» 2016-11-29: The First Leon County Veterans Treatment Court Graduation scheduled for Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:30pm. The graduation will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. Link
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» 2016-10-13: Circuit Judge Robert E. Long's Investiture Ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. Link
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» 2016-10-10: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic scheduled for this Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Courthouse Annex, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2016-08-31: NOTICE: DUE TO TROPICAL STORM HERMINE THE COURTHOUSES IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES WILL CLOSE AT 12:00 PM (NOON) ON 09/01/2016 AND WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY 09/02/2016 Franklin County, Gadsden County, Jefferson County, Leon County, Liberty County and Wakulla County Link
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» 2016-08-30: Circuit Judge Robert E. Long's Investiture Ceremony scheduled for Friday, September 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. Link
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» 2016-08-30: Please note that the 2nd Judicial Circuit will be closed on September 5, 2016 to observe Labor Day. Normal hours will return on September 6, 2016. Link
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» 2016-07-18: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Information Clinic scheduled for this Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Courthouse Annex, 1920 Thomasville Rd. Link
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» 2016-06-27: Governor Rick Scott appoints Robert E. Long, Jr. to the Second Judicial Circuit Court Link
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» 2016-06-20: Press release for Leon County Judge Stephen S. Everett's Investiture Ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Link
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» 2016-06-10: Leon County Veterans Treatment Court Procedures Link
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» 2016-06-06: Due to Tropical Strom Colin and the decisions has been made to close Wakulla County government buildings, the Wakulla County Courthouse will close at noon today, June 6, 2016. We expect the Wakulla County Courthouse will reopen Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. The 2nd Judicial Circuit has requested an order extending time to file documents with the Supreme Court of Florida. Link
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» 2016-06-03: Circuit & County Judge Assignments (3rd Amendment) Link
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» 2016-05-24: Circuit & County Judge Assignments (2nd Amendment) Link
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» 2016-04-28: Governor Rick Scott Appoints Stephen S. Everett to the Leon County Court Link
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» 2016-04-13: Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Informational Clinic scheduled for April 14, 2016 Link
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» 2016-04-11: Circuit & County Judge Assignments (1st Amendment) Link
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» 2016-03-22: Circuit & County Judge Assignments Link
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» 2016-02-17: Governor Rick Scott Appoints Francis “Frank” Allman, Jr. to the Second Judicial Circuit Court Link
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» 2016-01-27: Notice to New and Current Second Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys: A 2nd Circuit Court Appointed/Conflict Attorney Application has been posted to the 2nd Judicial Circuit website. All attorneys seeking approval for the court appointed registries must submit an application for 2016-2017 effective July 1, 2016. Current 2nd Circuit Conflict Attorneys will need to submit a new application ONLY if they wish to make changes to the current application. All applications must be received by Friday, June 3, 2016 at 5:00pm. Link
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» 2016-01-27: New applicants and current Certified Process Servers who wish to renew their certification for 2016-2017 shall turn in all required documentation and fees to the Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225, on or before March 1, 2016. The Process Server Seminar and Exam will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1:30p.m. in the Leon County Courthouse, Office of Court Administration, Room 225. If you need additional information, please call Court Administration, Paula Watkins, (850) 606-4422 Link
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» 2015-11-30: Governor Scott Appoints Judge Robert Wheeler to the Second Judicial Circuit Court Link
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» 2015-11-02: National Adoption Day to be celebrated on November 6, 2015. Link
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» 2015-10-27: The 2nd Judicial Circuit's Leon County Florida offices are experiencing issues with their phone service, please e-mail or continue calling. Link
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» 2015-09-15: Please note changes to the 2nd Judicial Circuit's phone list. Link
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» 2015-09-14: Wakulla County Judge Jill C. Walker receives the 2015 William E. Gladstone award Link
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» 2015-06-25: Press Release, Second Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Francis and Leon County Judge Smith Speak at Boys State Link
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