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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.
Jonathan Sjostrom, Chief Judge
» 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
» 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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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...Read more »