Jennifer Bass

Circuit Judge

Judicial Assistant: Megan Soltis
Office: 352-401-6763

Office Information
Starting January- Judge Bass will be in Courtroom 5B
Marion County Judicial Center
110 N.W. 1st Avenue
Ocala, FL 34475

Per Administrative Order A-2021-19 the Fifth Judicial Circuit has resumed a normalization of judicial operations.  For our office, hearings for Injunction Cases, Baker Acts, and Marchman Acts will occur IN PERSON at the Marion County Courthouse.  At this time, all other proceedings will occur using ZOOM remote conferencing unless the presiding judge determines that remote conduct is inconsistent with the United States or Florida Constitution, a Statute, a Rule of Court, a court order, or the efficient and expeditious processing of cases. This platform supports audio and visual hearings. The parties will receive an Order regarding the details and requirements for attending a ZOOM hearing.

If a party intends to request the introduction of any documentary evidence during the hearing, the items of evidence shall be scanned as a PDF and emailed to the Judicial Assistant in advance of the hearing. The proposed evidence shall be provided to the Judicial Assistant 48 hours in advance of the hearing at msoltis@circuit5.org.  The parties or counsel of record are encouraged to confer and stipulate to the admissibility of evidence, if possible, and to determine whether documents already filed within the record may be judicially noticed. Any communication to the Judicial Assistant shall include all parties or counsel.

*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.