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Judge Christopher A. France

Division 31
Volusia County Courthouse Annex
125 E. Orange Ave., Rm. 307
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 257-6071
Fax: (386)248-8132

Judicial Assistant - Jennifer Sirman

Circuit Judge Christopher A. France was appointed to the bench in 2016. Prior to becoming judge, he served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit for 18 years, taking on leadership roles in environmental crimes, sex crimes, drug enforcement and the homicide investigative unit and serving as division chief in the St. Johns County office. He also worked as a staff attorney at the Putnam County Courthouse for the Seventh Judicial Circuit and was appointed chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Judge France earned both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor at Loyola University New Orleans. He currently presides over civil cases at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex in Daytona Beach.

To schedule a hearing you must complete the Benchmark Application. Please see below for further instructions.

Foreclosure cases are required to mail in Proposed Orders with envelopes. If Orders are e-mailed to division31@circuit7.org, they are to be served to the Pro se litigants by the Plaintiff’s attorney once executed.

Tobacco cases (Engle progeny) - Senior Judge J. David Walsh will be presiding over the tobacco cases.  Tobacco hearings will be held on December 19, January 24, and February 20 at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex, 125 E. Orange Ave, in Daytona Beach. Please contact Jennifer, the Judicial Assistant to Judge France, for available times. Please note: Tobacco Trials will be held at the Historic Courthouse in DeLand. If you are in need of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call (386) 257-6071.

Basic and Helpful Information Civil Uniform Pretrial Procedures
How to Schedule a Hearing 2018 Foreclosure Calendar
CourtCall telephonic hearings Foreclosure Checklist
CME Guidelines 2018 Trial Dates
Benchmark scheduling instructions January 2018 Docket Sounding