Circuit Criminal Court

Florida Circuit Criminal Courts have jurisdiction in all criminal felonies and also hear appeals from the County Courts. Felonies are criminal offenses that are punishable by imprisonment in a state penitentiary or death. The 12th Circuit Criminal Division has four Circuit Judges in Sarasota County, four Circuit Judges in Manatee County, and two Circuit Judges in DeSoto County. 

County Criminal Court

Florida County Courts have jurisdiction over criminal traffic cases and misdemeanor criminal cases. A misdemeanor is any criminal offense punishable by imprisonment in a county correctional facility for less than one year. The County Criminal Division has four County Judges in Sarasota County, three County Judges in Manatee County, and one County Judge in DeSoto County.

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The criminal division in DeSoto County is further divided into Divisions I, II. The following sections contain requirements, forms, and trial dockets for each division.


Circuit Criminal Division

Judge Don T. Hall


County Criminal Division

Judge Danielle Brewer


The criminal division in Manatee County is further divided into Divisions I, III and V. The following sections contain requirements, forms, and trial dockets for each division.


Circuit Criminal Division I

Judge Gilbert Smith, Jr.



Circuit Criminal Division III

Judge Frederick P Mercurio



Circuit Criminal Division V

Judge Lon Arend



County Criminal Division 1

Judge Renee Inman



County Criminal Division 2

Judge Robert A. Farrance



County Criminal Division 3

Judge K. Douglas Henderson



County Criminal Division 4

Judge Mark Singer


The criminal division in Sarasota County is further divided into Divisions II, IV and VI. The following sections contain requirements, forms, and trial dockets for each division.


Circuit Criminal Division II, IV and VI



Circuit Criminal Division II

Judge Stephen Walker



Circuit Criminal Division IV

Judge Charles Roberts



Circuit Criminal Division VI

Judge Debra Riva



County Criminal Division A

Judge Dana Moss



County Criminal Division B

Judge Maryann Boehm



County Criminal Division C

Judge David Denkin



County Criminal Division D

Judge Phyllis Galen


The South County area (Venice) holds County Criminal Court.


County Criminal Division H

Judge Erika Quartermaine