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 Felony Docket cases only.

Our office DOES NOT accept documents by e-service; therefore, any filing requiring the Court’s attention (i.e., motions, emergency motions, etc.) must be brought to the Court’s attention by email to sshaw@circuit5.org, after they have been e-filed and are showing in the court file.  Please DO NOT add the Court/Judicial Assistant to e-service lists in the E-Portal.


Motion and Change of Plea hearing dates (designated by * on the schedule) must be confirmed by our office prior to filing a Notice of Hearing to ensure availability on that docket date.

HEARING REQUESTS should be sent to sshaw@circuit5.org and include the case name and number, the type of hearing/motion to be heard, and the amount of time requested.  Motions must be showing in the court file before a request is sent.

Once a date and time is 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 docket 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 email to sshaw@circuit5.org.

NOTE:  Pleas can be taken at any already set hearing for that Defendant, as long as there is a fully executed plea agreement (with a copy being provided to the Court at least 2 business days prior to the hearing date) and both the Defendant and their attorney appear in-person (Defendant will be via Zoom from the Sumter County Detention Center if they are in custody). Open Pleas will be special set.



Defendants in-custody in the Sumter County Detention Center shall appear by ZOOM for most hearings until further notice.

Please check back for further information.

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