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Notice regarding Backlog Foreclosure Cases after July 1, 2015
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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,
Charles A. Francis, Chief Judge

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Notice to Court Appointed/Conflict Attorneys A Court Appointed/Conflict Attorney Application has been posted to our website. All attorneys seeking approval for the court appointed registries must submit a new application for 2015/2016. Your completed application package must be received by Thursday, June 11, 2015. Thank you.

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» 06/25/2015: Press Release, Second Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Francis and Leon County Judge Smith Speak at Boys State Link

» 06/16/2015: Notice regarding Backlog Foreclosure Cases after July 1, 2015 Link

» 06/16/2015: Judge J. Layne Smith induction ceremony Tallahassee Bar Association

» 05/27/2015: Press release for Leon County Judge J. Layne Smith's investiture ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 2-E of the Leon County Courthouse. Press Release.

» 03/12/2015: Governor Scott Appoints J. Layne Smith to the Leon County Court Click here for more information.

» 07/22/2014:A The 2nd Circuit Conflict Attorney registries have recently been updated and will not be updated again until July 1, 2015. A copy of the updated registries may be obtained from Court Administration,

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Navigating the Court System

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.

The county courts are courts of limited jurisdiction and sometimes are referred to as "the peoples' courts" probably because a large part of the courts' work involves voluminous citizen disputes, such as traffic offenses, criminal misdemeanors, and relatively small monetary disputes.

There are five county judges in Leon County, and one in each of the outlying counties. County judges hear all county court matters (misdemeanors, civil suits $15,000. or less, traffic court, tenant evictions, etc.) as well as qualifying jurors and holding first appearances...

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