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Judge Alexander

Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr.

Divisions 27, 58
4010 Lewis Speedway, Rm. 347
St. Augustine, FL  32084
Phone (904) 827-5647
Fax (904) 827-5648

Judicial Assistant - Veronica Griffis

Circuit Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. was appointed to the bench in 2014. He earned an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., a juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, and a Masters of Law in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va. He served for 24 years in the U.S. Army, including 15 years as a lawyer. After retiring as a colonel, he went into private practice. Judge McGillin presides in the unified family court and Veterans Treatment Court at the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center in St. Augustine.

All Motions and Notice of Hearing MUST include the docket number of the Motion.

If a hearing is cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled hearing date/time, the attorney MUST contact Veronica Griffis, Judicial Assistant either via a phone call (904) 827-5647 or via e-mail

Notice to the Public
The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids Judges from discussing pending cases with the public. Please do not call the Court expecting to speak with a Judge about any case. The Court is only allowed to consider arguments made in the courtroom and in documents properly filed by parties in the case as authorized by law and the Rules of Court. The Court cannot ethically read or consider any other opinions or aruguments about the case. Communications that do not meet these legal requirements cannot be forwarded to the Judge.

DIvision 58 Procedures United Family Court procedures
Internet Scheduling Requirements CourtCall (telephonic hearings)
Joint Pretrial Stipulation (Word version) Sample Pretrial Stipulation
Equitable Distribution Spreadsheet Self-Represented Litigants

Veterans Treatment Court - Division 27

Manual Participant Handbook
Veterans Resources guide