Latest Update from the Fifth Circuit

The Fifth Judicial Circuit is currently operating under Phase 2.

Read the latest Administrative Order from the Fifth Judicial Circuit:

A-2021-16 modifies Administrative Order A-2020-12-I.

Jury Trials and Grand Jury Proceedings have been reinstated in all courts of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Face Masks and Social Distancing will continue to be mandatory inside the courtrooms during hearings.

Fifth Judicial Circuit Operational Plan

The information on this operational plan is subject to change, please check back frequently for any updates.

Phase 2 Operational Plan

Amendment 11- Phase 2 Operational Plan

Archive Amendments- Phase 2 Operational Plan

Administrative Orders

Check out the links below for more information on Administrative Orders from The Fifth Circuit and the Florida Supreme Court.

Fifth Judicial Circuit – Administrative Orders

Florida Supreme Court – Administrative Orders

Reopening Plan

Florida Courts has a four-phase reopening plan for the courts to operate while ensuring the health and safety of the staff and visitors.

The phases as follows:

  • Phase 1 – in-person contact is inadvisable, court facilities are effectively closed to the public, and in-person proceedings are rare;
  • Phase 2 – in-person contact is authorized for certain purposes but requires use of protective measures;
  • Phase 3 – an effective vaccine is adequately available and in use and in-person contact is more broadly authorized; and
  • Phase 4 – COVID-19 no longer presents a significant risk to public health and safety.

Safe Steps


The courts remain open during Covid-19.

To keep our staff and visitors safe, we have implemented many safety procedures. LEARN MORE

We are frequently cleaning and sanitizing all traffic areas of the courthouse. Courtrooms are cleaned after each session.
Everyone entering any of our facilities in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter is required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.

Health screenings that include temperature checks and health related questions are required. LEARN MORE

If you have any questions about how your local court is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact us.


Essential Hearings are being held in-person, with safety plans in place.

Other trial court proceedings are being conducted remotely via video conferencing or telephone.

Essential Hearings

Other Trial Court Proceedings

For Jury Excusal or Postponement Information, Click HERE.


To learn more about virtual hearings, click here.

Safe Steps

Clerk of courts

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Lake County:
Marion County:
Sumter County:

CLICK HERE  to view the latest date on COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida.

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