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, four County Judges in Manatee County, and one County Judge in DeSoto County.

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Updated 3-19-2020

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 Heather Doyle

 

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 Donna Marie Padar

 

Circuit Criminal Division IV

Judge Charles Roberts

 

Circuit Criminal Division VI

Judge Debra Riva

 

County Civil Division A

Judge Erika Quartermaine

 

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 Dana Moss

 

Notice of Continuances for South County Venice Cases

The Clerk of Court will send out notices of the new court dates. As an aside, Judge Moss is willing to set up a video/audio conference call to handle any non-evidentiary matters that both parties agree can be resolved without appearing in person. Please contact Kelly Berney directly by email, or telephone, (941) 861-3050, to schedule such matters. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Week of 03/23/2020
  • County Criminal Arraignments set for Monday, 03/23/20 in Venice are continued to May 11th
  • County Criminal Pretrial Conferences set for Tuesday, 03/24/20 in Venice are continued to May 19th
  • County Civil Small Claims Pretrial Conferences set for Wednesday, 03/25/20 in Venice are continued to May 20th
  • County Criminal Arraignments set for Thursday, 03/26/20 in Venice are continued to May 14th
  • County Civil Traffic set for Thursday, 03/26/20 in Venice are continued to May 7th

Week of 04/06/2020
  • County Criminal Arraignments set for Monday, April 6, 2020 in Venice are continued to Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • County Criminal Pretrial Conferences set for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Venice are continued to Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • County Civil Small Claims Pretrial Conferences set for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Venice are continued to Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
  • County Criminal Docket Sounding set for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Venice are continued to Criminal Pretrial Conferences Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • County Criminal Arraignments set for Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Venice are continued to Thursday, June 4, 2020.
  • County Civil Traffic set for Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Venice are continued to Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Week of 04/13/2020
  • County Criminal Arraignments set for Monday, April 13, 2020 in Venice are continued to Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • County Civil Small Claims Pretrial Conferences set for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Venice are continued to Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
  • County Civil Animal & Tobacco Hearings set for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Venice are continued to Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
  • County Criminal Arraignments set for Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Venice are continued to Thursday, June 4, 2020.
  • County Criminal VOPs set for Friday, April 17, 2020 in Venice are continued to Friday, May 15, 2020.