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Judge Chris France

Judge Christopher A. France

Division 47
1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 1
Bunnell, FL 32110
Phone (386) 313-4515
Fax (386) 437-7364

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 family law cases at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell.

Attorney direct scheduling in the Benchmark system is available. In order to schedule a hearing you must complete the Benchmark application (PDF).

Please download a copy of the Benchmark Scheduling Instructions (PDF) and review prior to using the system. The document includes policies and procedures as well as step-by-step instructions for internet scheduling.

All Proposed Orders and Final Judgments (with MSA’s attached) are to be submitted through the E-Portal unless otherwise instructed by the Judge.

Instructions for Attorneys (PDF) Instructions for Pro Se Litigants (PDF)
How to set a Hearing (PDF) Family Law Uniform Pretrial Procedures (PDF)
CourtCall telephonic hearings (PDF) Dissolution of Marriage Checklist (PDF)
Benchmark Scheduling Instructions (PDF) Timesharing Guidelines
  2019 Trial Dates (PDF) UPDATED