Located in the heart of central Florida, the Fifth Judicial Circuit covers a geographical area approaching the size of Connecticut. The circuit is comprised of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties, with main administrative offices in Ocala.
The Fifth Judicial Circuit operates under the leadership of Chief Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Jr.and Jonathan Lin, Trial Court Administrator.
The Fifth Circuit is the ninth most populous circuit with 5.5% of Florida’s population. The circuit has in excess of 131,863 court filings per year, and serves a total population exceeding 1,035,784. The Fifth Judicial Circuit currently has thirty-one Circuit Court Judges and eleven County Court Judges. The circuit is part of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, located in Daytona Beach.