About the Fifth Judicial Circuit

 

Located in the heart of central Florida, the Fifth Judicial Circuit covers a geographical area approaching the size of Connecticut. The circuit is comprised of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties, with main administrative offices in Tavares.

Courthouse Locations

The Fifth Circuit is the ninth most populous circuit with 5.5% of Florida’s population. The circuit has in excess of 131,863 court filings per year, and serves a total population exceeding 1,035,784.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit currently has thirty-one Circuit Court Judges and eleven County Court Judges. The circuit is part of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, located in Daytona Beach.

About the Court System

There are two types of courts in the state court system: circuit and county. Circuit courts generally hear cases where the matter in controversy is $15,000.00 or more. These cases include the following types:

  • Civil Cases
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Felony
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile
  • Mental Health
  • Probate

County courts generally hear cases where the matter in controversy is less than $15,000.00. These cases include the following types:

  • Civil Cases
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Misdemeanor
  • Small Claims
  • Violations of County or Municipal Ordinances

 

Contact Information

 

Telephone 352-742-4100
Postal address Court Administration
Lake County Judicial Center
550 West Main Street/P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778-7800
E-mail For general information, please contact us using the form on the Contact page.
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