The mission of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court is to provide an effective forum for the fair, efficient and impartial resolution of legal and factual court-related matters in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
The Seventh Judicial Circuit is one of 20 in the State Courts System. Because the Seventh Judicial Circuit oversees court matters in a four-county area, the court has judges based at seven courthouse locations throughout the circuit. Two Circuit judges and one County Court judge hear cases at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell. Three Circuit judges and two County Court judges hear cases at the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka. Four Circuit judges and two County Court judges hear cases at the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center in St. Augustine. Eighteen Circuit judges and 10 County Court judges hear cases at four courthouse locations in Volusia County. Volusia County courthouse locations include: Volusia County Courthouse, DeLand; S. James Foxman Justice Center, Daytona Beach; Courthouse Annex, Daytona Beach; and Courthouse Annex, New Smyrna Beach.
The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court also utilizes the services of Senior (retired) Judges, General Magistrates and Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers to aid in the prompt resolution of cases.
The primary mission of Court Administration is to provide competent and comprehensive administrative support to the judges of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, while providing the citizens of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties with prompt and courteous service.
Court Administration works closely with the Chief Judge and other judges of the circuit in carrying out administrative responsibilities related to the operation of the circuit and county courts. The Court Administrator’s Office fulfills these administrative duties through the operation of various departments, divisions and program services.