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Top Row, Left to Right:

The Honorable Kurt Hitzemann, County Judge; The Honorable Donald Scaglione, County Judge; The Honorable Jack Springstead, Circuit Judge

Bottom Row, Left to Right:
The Honorable Stephen Rushing, Circuit Judge; The Honorable Curtis J. Neal, Circuit Judge, The Honorable Daniel B. Merritt, Jr., Circuit Judge; The Honorable Daniel B. Merritt, Sr., Circuit Judge; The Honorable , John W. Booth, Senior Judge; The Honorable Richard Tombrink, Jr., Circuit Judge 

 

About the Courts

The two types of courts in the state court system are circuit and county.  Circuit courts generally hear felony, domestic relations, domestic violence, juvenile, probate, guardianship, mental health, child support and civil cases where the matter in controversy is $15,000.00 or more.   County courts generally hear misdemeanor, small claims, landlord/tenant disputes, violations of county or municipal ordinances, traffic violations and civil cases where the matter in controversy is less than $15,000.00.

Fifth Judicial Circuit

The State of Florida is divided into 20 Judicial Circuits composed of one or more counties. Hernando County is part of the Fifth Circuit, which has its headquarters located in Ocala.  The Fifth Judicial Circuit is comprised of: Hernando, Marion, Lake, Sumter and Citrus Counties.

Hernando County currently has five full-time Circuit Court Judges and one part time, along with two County Court Judges assigned. There is also a General Magistrate assigned to Hernando County . Additionally there is a special hearing officer who is assigned to hear cases involving child support enforcement. There are five appellate districts in the State of Florida. Hernando County is part of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, which is located in Daytona Beach. The court of  last resort in the state court system is the Florida Supreme Court, which is located in Tallahassee.

 

 see description below
Courtroom F, 4th Floor Government Center
The Honorable Richard Tombrink, Jr., Circuit Judge
 General Magistrate Gerrie Bishop



 
 

Circuit Court Fifth Judicial Court
Clerk/Information
(352) 754-4201
 

JUDICIAL SERVICES
HERNANDO COUNTY JUDICIARY
Administrative Circuit Judge
Daniel B. Merritt, Jr.

20 North Main St. / Room 150
(352) 754-4480 Fax: (352) 754-4265
 

CIRCUIT JUDGES

Richard Tombrink, Jr.
 
20 North Main St. / Room 444
(352) 754-4280 Fax: (352) 754-4273
 
Lisa D. Herndon
20 North Main St. / Room 434
(352) 540-6750 Fax: (352) 754-4245

Curtis J. Neal
20 North Main St. / Room 310
(352) 754-4287 Fax: (352) 754-4266

Anthony M. Tatti
20 North Main St. / Room 432
(352) 754-4237 Fax: (352) 754-4245

Stephen Toner
20 North Main St./Room 350
(352)754-5802 Fax(352) 754-4267


COUNTY JUDGES
Donald Scaglione
20 North Main St. / Room 359
(352) 754-4295 Fax: (352) 754-4267

Kurt Hitzemann
20 North Main St. / Room 340
(352) 754-4170 Fax: (352) 754-4224


GENERAL MAGISTRATE
Geraldine E. Bishop
20 North Main St. / Room 442
(352) 754-4285 Fax: (352) 754-4273

CHILD SUPPORT
HEARING OFFICER

Marcia Rapczak
20 North Main St. / Room 264
352) 540-3876 Fax:(352) 754-4220


ALTERNATIVE COURTS

Youth Court/Volunteer Coordination
Room 219
(352) 540-6263
Drug Court/Mental Health Court
Room 205
(352) 540-6279

STATE ATTORNEY
 
Fifth Judicial Circuit
Brad King / State Attorney
20 North Main St. / Room 400
(352) 754-4255

PUBLIC DEFENDER
Howard H. "Skip" Babb
20 North Main St. / Room 300
Fax: (352) 754-4274

Mediation Room
Scheduling
(352) 754-4402

 

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20 North Main Street, Room 363, Brooksville, FL 34601-2849