The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit is one of twenty trial court circuits in the State of Florida. Monroe County spans from the southernmost point of Florida through the the Florida Keys. The Sixteenth Circuit has four circuit judges and four county court judges, assisted by senior judge, general magistrates and hearing officers in the adjudication and disposition of cases.
The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit is administered by the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge is responsible to the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court for the administration and supervision of the courts, judges, and officers of the courts within the circuit. The Chief Judge is responsible for developing and implementing a plan for the efficient operation of the courts, providing for prompt disposition of cases, assignment of judges and staff, control of dockets, regulation and use of courtrooms, and review of the status of inmates detained in local jails.
Court Administration provides support services to aid the judiciary in the daily operations of the court, and it operates under the administrative guidance of the Chief Judge. Court Administration responsibilities include budget and finance: human resources; preparation of a master court calendar for the circuit; accessibility; family, drug court, foreclosure, and truancy case management; family mediation; court reporting; court technology; legal research for the judges; emergency and continuity of operations planning; and scheduling and coordination of court interpreters. Court administration staff also includes a child support hearing officer and a magistrate who hear cases in their capacity as quasi-judicial officers.
Many functions of Court Administration are performed in conjunction with local officials, including Clerks of Court. Each county has an independently elected constitutional officer, the Clerk of Court, who is responsible for maintaining the official records of the court.
Monroe County Old Courthouse 1940's