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Effective October 15, 2021, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in the Leon and Gadsden County courthouses.  In Franklin, Jefferson, Liberty, and Wakulla County courthouses, face coverings will no longer be mandatory effective October 8, 2021.

The Chief Judge and local court staff carefully monitor public health data and local conditions each week prior to making decisions concerning court operations, consistent with the directives of the Florida Supreme Court and guided by the recommendations of the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Supreme Court’s most recent directives may be found at: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/761074/file/AOSC21-17-Amendment-1.pdf

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

The Second Circuit’s administrative orders addressing pandemic precautions and directives may be found at: 

Although face masks will not be required in Second Circuit courthouses after these dates, participants and/or observers may still choose to wear face masks.  Participants may also request presiding judges to accommodate physical distancing. 

The Florida Supreme Court permits a party to request remote proceedings in many circumstances and the request must be granted “unless the chief judge or presiding judge determines that the interests of justice require the proceeding to be conducted in person.” 

If you are summoned for jury duty, you have specific rights.

Many court proceedings are being conducted remotely, using Zoom and telephonic hearings.  Please check with your attorney or summons to determine whether your court proceeding is in-person or remote.  If in doubt, please contact your local Clerk of Court.

Although courthouse visitors are not screened for exposure to COVID, we ask that you do not attend court if have COVID; have a fever of 100.4° or higher; are awaiting COVID test results; have been told to isolate or quarantine; had close contact with someone who may have COVID; or have any unexplained COVID-like symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or congestion. If you think you have these symptoms and should not come to court, please contact your local Clerk of Court and let your attorney know.

Finally, effective, safe vaccines are available and in wide use that protect against infection and especially against severe illness.  We strongly encourage all persons involved in court proceedings to vaccinate immediately.

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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,
Jonathan Sjostrom, Chief Judge

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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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