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Seventh Judicial Circuit Court
The Florida State Courts System is comprised of twenty (20) judicial circuits. The Seventh Judicial Circuit is located in east-central Florida and encompasses the counties of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia. Its 27 Circuit judges and 17 County Court judges perform their judicial duties in court facilities located in Bunnell, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Palatka, South Daytona, and St. Augustine. Two (2) Circuit judges and two (2) County Court judges are assigned to hear cases in Flagler County. Two and one-half (2.5) Circuit judges and two (2) County Court judges are assigned to hear cases in Putnam County. Four and one-half (4.5) Circuit judges and three (3) County Court judges are assigned to hear cases in St. Johns County. Eighteen (18) Circuit judges and ten (10) County Court judges are assigned to hear cases in Volusia County. More than 120,000 cases are filed in the circuit annually.
The Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit is James R. Clayton. He is responsible for the overall administration and supervision of the courts. Court Administration assists the Chief judge and other judges in the day-to-day operations of the circuit.
The mission of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court is to provide an effective forum for the fair, efficient, and impartial resolution of legal and factual court-related matters in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.
Welcome from the Chief Judge
As Chief Judge, I want to welcome you to the Seventh Judicial Circuit, located in the heart of Central Florida. Our circuit is comprised of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. The resident population of the circuit exceeds 1 million, and our four counties cover a landmass of over 2,900 square miles.
The Seventh Circuit has 27 Circuit judges and 17 County Court judges who sit in courthouses spread throughout the circuit. We also utilize the services of Senior (retired) judges, General Magistrates, Child Support Hearing Officers, and Civil Traffic Hearing Officers to aid us in the adjudication and disposition of cases.
As Chief Judge my duties include, but are not limited to, the administration and supervision of courts; developing and implementing plans for court operations; assigning judges to divisions; and ensuring that the courts in the Seventh Judicial Circuit are open and accessible.
On behalf of our circuit’s judges and court staff, I encourage you to explore our website to familiarize yourself with the operation of your local court system.
James R. Clayton