Mary P. Hatcher

Circuit Judge

Judicial Assistant: Susan Shaw
Office: 352-569-6937
Fax: 352-569-6935

*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.


The information on this webpage is for SUMTER COUNTY cases only. For Marion County cases, please see our webpage at https://www.circuit5.org/courts-judges/marion-county/judiciary/mary-p-hatcher/

Judge Hatcher has a split assignment between Sumter County and  Marion County, so please keep in mind when leaving voicemails and sending mail that it may be a few business days before we are back in that office.  Please send mail to the County in which the case is filed.

Our office DOES NOT accept documents by e-service; therefore, any filing requiring the Court’s attention (i.e. emergency motions, Notice for Trial, etc.) must be brought to the Court’s attention by email to sshaw@circuit5.org. Please DO NOT add the Court/Judicial Assistant to e-service lists in the E-Portal.


For EMERGENCY HEARINGS, please do not use the link below, but send an email to sshaw@circuit5.org and include the case style, case number and Emergency Hearing Request in the subject line.

  • Sumter County hearings can only be scheduled for MONDAYS and TUESDAYS.


Motion Practice Procedures are followed, so please make sure you are in compliance with those procedures prior to requesting a hearing.

Please allow at least 2 business days for a response to your request and please wait for your confirmation email before preparing your Notice of Hearing.


Please read the introductory information prior to proceeding with the hearing request.
Online Scheduling Link:


For hearings 15 minutes or less, a Motion for Telephonic Appearance and Order IS NOT required. If a party will be personally present at the hearing, then their attorney must also be personally present.

For hearings longer than 15 minutes, a Motion for Telephonic Appearance and Order IS required. This Motion should be e-filed at least 10 business day prior to the hearing, with a copy of the Motion and a proposed Order being submitted to the Court by electronic mail to sshaw@circuit5.org at that time. If there are any objections from opposing counsel, the Motion for Telephonic Appearance will not be granted.

Telephonic appearance is only for non-evidentiary hearings.

Telephonic Appearances shall be scheduled by the requesting attorney/party by contacting CourtCall at 888-882-6878 at least 3 business days prior to the hearing.


Proposed Orders should be mailed/hand delivered to our Sumter County Courthouse address. Once entered, Orders will be e-served through the Florida Courts E-Portal to the attorneys of record and those parties reflected in the e-filing portal. The attorney’s offices are responsible for mailing copies to their clients and any other participants/interested parties. Therefore, service copies and envelopes should not be sent, unless it is required due to the nature of the Order/pleading (i.e. Foreclosure packages after Final Judgment).


Please provide copies of any supporting documentation by mail/hand delivery to our Sumter County Courthouse address at least 10 business days prior to a scheduled hearing.

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