Chad J. Monty

County Judge

Judicial Assistant: Heather Dabney Grinnell
Email: hgrinnell@circuit5.org
Office: 352-742-4209
Fax: 352-742-4210


We do not accept proposed orders via email at this time.

Please MAIL in your proposed order along with a cover letter, copies to conform for EACH person listed on your Certificate of Service and self-addressed stamped envelopes.

The Judge does require a proper cover letter on all proposed orders. The letter should indicate if everyone agrees to the Order and/or if you have provided same to opposing side/counsel for their review prior to submission to the Court.

Thanks and I’m sorry for any inconvenience.

About Judge Monty

Judge Chad J. Monty is a highly accomplished legal professional with a diverse background in both business and law.

Born and raised in New York his father, a U.S. Marine, instilled in him the values of honor, courage, and commitment and his mother, a stay-at-home mom, taught him kindness, assertiveness, and independence. Judge Monty attended St. Mary’s High School before pursuing his passion for finance at Hofstra University, where he earned his Finance degree in 1998.

After moving to Florida after graduation in 1998 and working in the telecommunications field for several years, Judge Monty made the bold decision, at age 35, to follow his dream and attend law school. He was accepted into Stetson University School of Law, where he graduated in 2010.

Judge Monty’s legal career began as an Assistant State Attorney in Lake County, Florida, where he quickly proved himself a talented prosecutor. He started in county court, handling misdemeanor cases before progressing to the circuit court, where he successfully prosecuted felonies. ​His dedication and expertise as a prosecutor led to his promotion to docket manager. In all, he prosecuted over 7,000 cases, including over 4,400 felony cases including drug trafficking, home invasion, robbery, and murder and over 2,500 misdemeanor cases.

Also, during this time, it was his honor to run the Veterans Court program for the State of Florida. This program recognizes the unique challenges facing veterans and helps link these veterans to services.

Recognizing his exceptional skills and leadership abilities, Judge Monty was appointed as the Division Chief of the Lake County State Attorney’s Office. In this role, he supervised a team of over 70 employees, including staff and attorneys, overseeing all aspects of legal and personnel issues within the office.

Subsequently, he was one of the qualified candidates selected for the gubernatorial consideration by the Fifth Judicial Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Committee and was ultimately appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the County Court bench. Currently, he presides over Small Claims and Civil Traffic matters with fairness, integrity, and a deep understanding of the law.

With his extensive experience and commitment to justice, Judge Chad Monty is dedicated to upholding the principles of fairness and equity in every case that comes before him.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Judge Monty’s personal life is equally fulfilling. He is happily married to Angela, his rock and biggest supporter. Together, they have built a blended family of love and laughter, with four incredible stepdaughters. Chad and Angela are also proud grandparents to three rambunctious grandsons who bring endless happiness to their lives.

*NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:* The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the Judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit to discuss pending cases with the public. Please do not call the Court expecting to speak with a Judge about any case. The Court is only allowed to consider arguments made in the courtroom and in documents properly filed by actual parties in the case as authorized by law and the Rules of Court. The Court cannot ethically read or consider any other opinions or arguments about the case. Communications that do not meet these legal requirements cannot be forwarded to the Judges.