Circuit Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. was appointed to the bench in 2014. He earned an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., a juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, and a Masters of Law in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va. He served for 24 years in the U.S. Army, including 15 years as a lawyer. After retiring as a colonel, he went into private practice. Judge McGillin presides in the criminal felony division at the Putnam County Courthouse Annex in Palatka and Veterans Treatment Court at the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center in St. Augustine.
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