Welcome to the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Informational Web Site

Elijah Smiley, M.B.A., C.P.A.The Florida court system is comprised of 20 judicial circuits. The 14th Judicial Circuit has general trial jurisdiction over state court cases in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties. The judicial function of the court system is carried out by circuit and county judges. Circuit judges are assigned to hear circuit court cases throughout the circuit. County judges hear cases within their respective counties. A listing of our judges is provided on this web site.

The mission of the judicial branch is to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes. Our vision is that Justice in Florida will be fair, accessible, effective, responsive, and accountable. All of our judges are committed to achieving our vision and mission, and maintaining the trust you have placed in your court system.

My responsibilities as Chief Judge include carrying out the orders of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, handling administrative functions of our courts, and developing and implementing plans for the efficient operation of the courts. The Office of Court Administration assists the court in carrying out its administrative duties. Explore our website to learn more about our circuit. You may direct additional questions to the Office of Court Administration.

Thank you,
Chief Judge

Our Vision: Justice in Florida will be Accessible, Fair, Effective, Responsive, and Accountable