Effective Wednesday, September 13th, all court locations in Manatee, Sarasota (including Venice) and Desoto Counties are open

Attention to all Defendants scheduled to appear in front of Judge Riva for Docket Sounding in Felony Court: If you were scheduled to be in court for docket sounding on September 11, 2017 or September 12, 2017, you must appear in court for trial on September 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  This is a mandatory court appearance.   Please contact your attorney if you have any questions regarding your case or your appearance in court.

If your hearings were originally scheduled for September 8, 11 or 12, your hearings will be rescheduled. Felony arraignments have already been rescheduled as follows:

Sarasota County felony arraignments for Friday, September 8th: All felony arraignment defendants not in custody are rescheduled to next Friday, September 15th at 9am

Manatee County Felony arraignments for Friday, September 8th: All felony arraignment defendants are rescheduled to Friday, September 22nd at 9am.

The following tolling orders have been entered by the Florida Supreme Court:

Judge Thomas Gallen with wife Linda Pruitt Gallen

The Honorable Judge Gallen retires
after 48 years of public service

The Honorable Judge Gallen retires
after 48 years of public service

The Honorable Judge Thomas M. Gallen has officially retired. Judge Gallen was a Circuit Court Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit for 18 years and worked as a senior judge for 14 years.

He is now spending some quality time with his wife Linda Pruitt Gallen, his four children and five grandchildren.

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Judge Erika Quartermaine

Sarasota County Judge Erika Quartermaine discusses the homeless issue with ABC 7 News

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