Civil Case Management
Effective July 1, 2018, all cases previously assigned to the Fifth Circuit Backlog Foreclosure Program have been reassigned to a Circuit Judge in the county where the case was filed. (See Administrative Order A-2018-20).
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.
Mediation has become very prevalent and very popular in the judicial system within the past few years. It has been very helpful in resolving differences between parties, and in reducing the number of cases going to trial.
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.
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.
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.