Senior Judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit

Carven D. Angel
Sandra E. Champ
Barbara Gurrola
T. Michael Johnson
Frances S. King
Daniel B. Merritt, Sr.
Victor J. Musleh
Hale R. Stancil

Backlog Foreclosure Program

In an effort to reduce the backlog of pending foreclosure cases in our circuit a Senior Judge has been assigned in each county to preside over cases that are part of the Foreclosure Backlog Reduction Initiative.  If you need to contact a Senior Judge on a foreclosure case, please contact the Foreclosure Secretary in the county where the case has been filed.

Senior Judge Foreclosure Secretary Contact Information

County Contact Phone #
Citrus County 352-341-7089
Hernando County Linda Holm 352-754-4005
Lake County Mollie Hey 352-253-1603
Marion County Natasha Mincey 352-401-6770
Sumter County Chrystal Best 352-253-4453


For all other Senior Judge inquiries, please use the contact information below.

Mailing Address:
Senior Judges’ Office
Lake County Courthouse
PO Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778

Court Assistant:
Chrystal Best
Phone: 352-253-4453

If you would like to contact a Senior Judge, please write to the above mailing address, or contact Chrystal Best by phone.   Please be sure to state which Judge you’re trying to reach.