A former youth in Judge Stacy Ross’ Girls Court, Brianna put everything she had into diversion and getting her life back on track. While attending court hearings via zoom, she often showed the judge her artwork – custom pieces she makes in her spare time. Shown here, and delivered just yesterday, is a custom piece requested by Judge Ross of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Brianna has now started her own art business, and will graduate high school this fall. She’s hoping to go to college to become an Art Therapist.



Updated February 24, 2021



The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit will begin limited face-to-face hearings on violations of probation in the circuit criminal division at the downtown Courthouse beginning March 15, 2021. All other divisions will continue to operate remotely on Zoom. The Clerk’s office will remain open at all courthouse locations. No courtroom activities will occur in the satellite courthouses.

The Circuit will be utilizing four courtrooms in the North Tower for violations of probation hearings, with the room numbers to be announced in the near future.

Be advised, to comply with social distancing, visitors to the courtrooms and courthouse may be limited. All persons will be required to social distance and wear a mask.

We are pleased to announce that the Judges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit have re-elected Chief Judge Jack Tuter for the two year term beginning July 1, 2021.
Chief Judge Tuter wishes to convey his deep appreciation to his colleagues for re-electing him to this third term as Chief Judge. Judge Tuter looks forward to the challenges ahead, transitioning the 17th Judicial Circuit out of the pandemic.

Register now to attend the 2021 State of the Circuit event on Friday, January 15 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit’s three newly elected judges were sworn in this week, each taking the oath of office during virtual ceremonies, allowing their families, friends, and colleagues to attend.

Judge Linda Alley and Judge George Odom will both serve the Circuit Court bench in the Unified Family Division at the Central Courthouse. Judge Allison Gilman will serve the County Court bench, hearing both Civil and Criminal county cases, in the South Satellite Courthouse.

Congratulations and welcome to the Seventeenth Circuit family!



Effective January 1, 2021 at 12:03 a.m., the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure have been modified to require, among other things, that computer-generated documents be filed in either Arial 14-point font or Bookman Old Style 14-point font. In addition, the page limits for computer-generated briefs and petitions were converted to word counts. The changes also require that the certificate of compliance at the end of a document which is subject to a word count certify that the document is in conformity with all font and word count requirements. To ensure compliance with the new requirements, all filers are encouraged to review the Supreme Court of Florida’s opinion at:

Change is coming January 1 for appeals of most county court decisions. They’ll now be heard in district courts. Many, however, will remain in circuit court. Follow this link to learn all about the changes: