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.

Due to Judge Hatcher’s split assignment between Sumter and Marion Counties – with Sumter County days being Monday and Tuesday, Marion County days being Wednesday and Thursday, with alternating Fridays – emails, correspondence and telephone calls will be addressed on the days designated for that respective County.  Due to the volume of Judge Hatcher’s current caseload, please DO NOT duplicate emails or voicemails.

Our office DOES NOT accept documents by e-service; therefore, any filing requiring the Court’s attention (i.e., emergency motions) 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.


*Motions and Change of Plea hearing dates must be confirmed by email to sshaw@circuit5.org prior to filing a Notice of Hearing to ensure availability on that docket date.  These hearing requests should include the case number, type of hearing and amount of time requested.  Motions must be showing in the court file before a request is sent.

Once confirmed, the Notice of Hearing should be filed at least two weeks prior to the hearing date in order for it to be placed on that docket.


Click here for docket schedule

NOTE: Change of Plea hearings – a copy of the fully executed Waiver of Rights and Plea Agreement must be provided to the Court at least 2 business days prior to the hearing by mail or hand delivery (not by email).


Change of Plea, Trial Priority, Bond Hearings, and Motions (scheduled for more than 15 minutes) shall be held in-person.  Defendants in-custody in the Sumter County jail shall appear by ZOOM, with counsel required to be personally present.

Case Management Conferences, VOP Status, and Motions (other than bond motions) (scheduled for less than 15 minutes), etc., are currently being held by ZOOM.  Please email the Court’s Judicial Assistant at sshaw@circuit5.org for the ZOOM link.

NOTE:  For any hearing where a Defendant will be appearing in-person, counsel must be personally present.

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