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 Ocala.
The Fifth Judicial Circuit operates under the leadership of Chief Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Jr. and Jonathan Lin, Trial Court Administrator.
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Daniel B. Merritt, Jr., Chief Judge
Jonathan Lin, Trial Court Administrator
Administrative Orders are directives that are necessary to properly administer the court’s affairs but are not inconsistent with the Florida Constitution, the Florida Rules of Court, or with administrative orders entered by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Our circuit provides resources for self-represented parties in domestic relations cases. In all counties resources are available online or at the local clerk’s office.
Florida’s Fifth Judicial Circuit serves Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties. There are many individuals associated with the Fifth Judicial Circuit who support the judiciary.