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Judge Hudson

Judge Margaret W. Hudson

Division 10 (Volusia)
101 N. Alabama Avenue
DeLand, FL  32724
Phone (386) 822-5073
Fax (386) 736-5982

Division 48 (Flagler)
1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 1
Bunnell, FL 32110
Phone (386) 313-4525
Fax (386) 437-7364

Judicial Assistant - Brooke McCormick

Circuit Judge Margaret W. Hudson was appointed to the bench in 2006. She earned an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and a juris doctor from the University of Florida. Before becoming a judge, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Trustee’s Office in Orlando. She was also in private practice. Judge Hudson has heard civil, juvenile dependency and dependency drug court cases. She currently presides over probate and guardianship cases at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand and the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell.

Effective immediately, all proposed Volusia County orders should be emailed to in a current WORD format.  PDF orders will NOT be accepted.  DO NOT UTILIZE THIS EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN SENDING PROPOSED ORDERS.  It is not capable of replying or forwarding.  For detailed information regarding the mandatory formatting for “Proposed Orders,” please review Paragraph 6 of the “Division 10 General Probate Procedures and Paragraph 9 of General Guardianship Procedures ” below.   

For Flagler cases only (at this time), attorney direct scheduling in the Benchmark System is available. Please download a copy of the Benchmark Scheduling Instructions and review prior to using the system. this document includes policies and procedures, as well as step-by-step instructions for internet scheduling. All proposed orders should be efiled through the State of Florida’s e-filing portal after being circulated between the parties BEFORE submitting them to the e-portal.

You do NOT need to file a motion and proposed order to appear by CourtCall. Please read CourtCall procedures below.

To schedule hearings for one hour or more, please contact the Judicial Assistant, Brooke McCormick at (386) 822-5073 or

To cancel a hearing, please email Do NOT submit a notice of cancellation to the clerk until you have received confirmation from the Judicial Assistant.

General Probate Procedures CourtCall procedures (telephonic appearances)
General Guardianship Procedures Benchmark Scheduling Instructions (Flagler only)
Courtroom Decorum and Procedure 2017-2018 Trial Dates