For further information please contact:

Roy Wolgamuth, Esq.
General Counsel – Fifth Judicial Circuit

Lake County Courthouse
550 W. Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 253-1603

Effective July 1, 2015, the Chief Judge is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of private attorneys to represent children with certain special needs pursuant to s. 39.01305, F.S.

As with other court appointments, these appointments are pursuant to a registry. As designated by the Chief Judge, the Office of the General Counsel is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of attorneys to represent children with certain special needs. The attorneys approved for this registry must execute the same JAC Agreement for Attorney Services executed by other registry counsel. In order to receive compensation for this type of appointment, the order of appointment must reflect that the child meets one of the criteria specified in s. 39.01305, F.S. The authority of the court to appoint compensated counsel is limited to the five categories set forth in the statute.

Before appointing an attorney for compensation, the court must appoint a pro bono attorney who is willing to represent the child without additional compensation, if one is available. The appointing court is required to consult with the GAL in attempting to locate a pro bono attorney. If a pro bono attorney cannot be located or a recommendation is not provided with 15 days, the court is authorized to appoint compensated counsel. The order of appointment must reflect that the court was unable to appoint a pro bono attorney.

Click here for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Counsel Registry Application


The following individuals have been approved to be added to the Fifth Circuit Registry and entered into a contract with the JAC to be appointed for Children with Certain Special Needs In accordance with 39.01305, F.S.

ACREE, Sarah Lorene
Bar ID: 33273
Counties: Citrus, Hernando, Sumter

BLACKIE, Chelsea S.
Bar ID: 0073743
Counties: Hernando

BOYD, Summer
Bar ID: 330360
Counties: All

CARSON, Shana Kelley
Bar ID: 0058332
Counties: Lake

Bar ID: 0124076
Counties: Citrus

HERNANDEZ, Cynthia Judith
Bar ID: 0010422
Counties: Citrus, Hernando, Sumter

MARTIN, Eden Marie
Bar ID: 0118798
Counties: Marion

Bar ID: 51095
Counties: All

MOORD, Stacy M.
Bar ID: 086527
Counties: Hernando

Bar ID: 709859
Counties: Lake, Sumter

MULLIGAN, Christopher
Bar ID: 47524
Counties: Citrus, Sumter, Hernando

NEW, Carl S.
Bar ID: 776173
Counties: Marion

Bar ID: 622761
Counties: Marion

SILVA, Helen N.
Bar ID: 0881929
Counties: All (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter)

SMITH, Brenda H.
Bar ID: 717657
Counties: Lake, Marion, Sumter

SMITH, Scott
Bar ID: 9695
Counties: Citrus, Hernando

Bar ID: 88887
Counties: Hernando

Bar ID: 85610
Counties: Hernando

For further information please contact Mollie Hey 
(352) 253-1603

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