As our country began to grow, so did the number of disputes, and therefore the need for more courts. A system developed where small matters could be heard by county judges. These judges lived in one county and presided over these small matters. For more important matters, the position of Circuit Judge was created. Each circuit was made up of one large county, or a number of smaller counties. These Circuit Judges traveled from one county to another in order to hear these more serious cases. This practice came to be known as "riding the circuit." Today, this practice no longer exists, however, Circuit Judges are often reassigned from one county to another depending on need and availability. At Sanchez and Eggebrecht, PA, our attorneys still do some ridding of the circuit; although we practice in all of the counties in the state of Florida, we most often find ourselves in the central Florida area. Below, you will find some interesting facts about the counties in which we most often practice.
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is located in the heart of Central Florida and is one of 20 judicial circuits in the state. Serving Orange and Osceola counties, the Ninth Circuit covers over 2,000 square miles and serves more than 1.3 million residents, making it one of the largest circuits in Florida. Additionally, because of Central Florida's great sunshine, family attractions, and a strong economy Central Florida plays host to nearly 50 million business and vacationing visitors each year, making this the most visited region of the world.
Circuit Judges handle all Circuit Court matters. Included are Felonies, Civil suits. Family Court is a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families, while at the same time resolving family disputes in a fair, timely, efficient, and cost effective manner.
The Tenth Judicial Circuit is a court of general jurisdiction and is comprised of five divisions: Civil, Criminal (Felony), Family, Juvenile, and Probate. Each of the five divisions is under the auspices of an administrative judge, appointed by the chief judge. County courts are courts of limited jurisdiction where criminal misdemeanors, traffic cases and civil cases(landlord/tenant, small claims) are heard.
As a circuit court we provide the citizens of Brevard and Seminole the tools to experience and participate in the judiciary process. Seminole County is a county in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 422,718. Its county seat and largest city is Sanford. Seminole County is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.