Differentiated Active Civil Case Management System (DACMS)

The Florida Supreme court issued Administrative Order AOSC20-23 amendment 12 in April of 2021, requiring the Chief Judge of each circuit to implement a differentiated active case management system (DACMS) for most civil cases. In compliance with the Supreme Court Order, Chief Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Jr. issued administrative order A-2021-13. This order creates a differentiated case management system DACMS for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Adult Felony Drug Court

The Sumter County Felony Drug Court Program is a court supervised intensive and highly structured program consisting of both comprehensive out-patient treatment and case management supervision for non-violent offenders.

Misdemeanor Drug Court

The Sumter County Misdemeanor Drug Court Program is a court supervised, highly structured program under the leadership of Judge Militello.

Self-Help Services

Our circuit provides resources for self-represented parties in domestic relations cases. In all counties resources are available online or at the local clerk’s office.

Teen Court

The Teen Court concept is based on the philosophy that youthful offenders will not continue to offend when a jury of their peers punishes them.

Veterans Court

The Veterans Court model requires regular court appearances as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol).

Early Childhood Court (ECC)

The goal of Sumter County’s Early Childhood Court (ECC) is to improve child safety and well-being, heal trauma, and develop a stronger parent/child relationship. The ECC program works with families who have children between the ages of 0-3 who have been removed from their homes.

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