The Honorable Richard A. Howard

Circuit Judge

Judge Howard

Office Information
Citrus County Courthouse
110 N. Apopka Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450

Judicial Assistant: Debbie Langdon
Office: 352-341-6705
Fax: 352-341-6771


  • Graduated: 1975 University of South Florida/ Tampa,   (BA) Criminal Justice Degree
  • Graduated: 1978 (Dean\’s List) Stetson College of Law / St.Petersburg, (Juris Doctorate)


Professional History:  

  • State Attorney/ Sixth Circuit Pasco/ Pinellas – assigned to the Child Support Enforcement Unit in south St. Petersburg, 1978-1979
  • Pasco County/Dade City assigned to criminal docket attaining status of Senior Trial Attorney, 1979-1985
  • Transferred to Sumter County (Bushnell) Office, promoted to Division Supervisor for the Lake-Sumter County Offices.   Responsible for Supervision of seven prosecutors and support staff of approximately 20 people, as well as all major cases, in the two counties. (1985-1988)
  • Entered Private Practice with former Judge Jackson Brownlee handling Personal Injury, Criminal, and Domestic Relations (1988-1990)
  • Established a practice with Brick, Davis, Marlowe and Howard in Brooksville, Florida (1990-1993)
  • Established sole practice as Richard A. Howard PA (1993-2000)


Judicial History:  

  • Appointed By Governor Jeb Bush in December 2000 formally sworn in on January 17th, 2001
  • Initially assigned to the Family Law docket, which includes divorce, post-dissolution actions, custody, property disputes, and visitation as well as juvenile delinquency and dependency cases.
  • Assigned to criminal docket (Felony) in November 2011.
  • Qualified to handle Death Penalty cases
  • Presided over approximately 300 jury trials, including the highly publicized murder case of John Evander Couey conducted in Miami, Florida February to March 2007.
  • Part of a coordinated group effort to establish the Citrus County Mental Court which began receiving cases January 2008.
  • Honored by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency (FCCA) Chapter 27 (West Central Florida) with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award for Judicial service on August 18th, 2010.


Top priorities:

  • To maintain proficiency in the handling of my docket by continuing to attend Advanced Judicial Education courses.
  • To maintain my status as a Death Penalty qualified judge.
  • To continue to find ways to promptly administer justice, balanced against the guaranteed rights of the parties who appear before me.

Helpful Hints for Attorneys:

  • JA’s do not get and “E-Filed Documents,” so if you want us to have a copy, you will have to send it to us.
  • Send me a copy of your motion and notice of hearing when you file it.
  • Always send me the orders direct as the clerk does not forward those.
  • If you would like a chambers conference prior to court, please call and schedule those ahead of time.