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Check here for the latest news releases and media advisories issued by the Seventh Judicial Circuit. All media inquiries should be directed to Court Communications Officer Ludi Lelis at (386) 943-7074.

News Releases

1/17/17 - Opening Ceremony for new Veterans Treatment Court in St. Augustine
1/6/17 - Circuit Judge Stasia Warren to be formally sworn into office
12/30/16 - Three new circuit judges join the bench.
10/5/16 - Chief Judge Terence R. Perkins orders closure of all courthouses on Oct. 6 and 7, 2016 due to Hurricane Matthew.
8/24/16 - Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith to receive judicial robe and take public oath
7/21/16 - Volusia County Pretrial Services receives a proclamation from the Volusia County Council to commemorate Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.
5/23/16 - Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith joins the bench
2/9/16 - Circuit Judges Elizabeth A. Blackburn and Mary G. Jolley to be formally sworn in at joint investiture
1/19/16 - Circuit Judges Elizabeth A. Blackburn and Mary G. Jolley join the bench
9/28/15 - Nationally renowned expert on addiction recovery therapy to speak at DUI Court Graduation
9/22/15 - St. Augustine Mayor to speak at Drug Court Graduation
7/7/15 - Circuit Judge J. David Walsh announces his retirement
6/30/15 - Judge Terence R. Perkins to serve second term as Chief Judge
3/23/15 - Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. to have his investiture on March 23.
3/2/15 - Judge Kathryn D. Weston to be formally sworn in on March 6.
2/2/15 - Judge Karen A. Foxman to be formally sworn in on Feb. 6.
1/28/15 - Judge Angela A. Dempsey to be formally sworn in on Jan. 30.
1/15/15 - Judge Sandra C. Upchurch to be formally sworn in on Jan. 23.
1/8/15 - Judge Michael S. Orfinger to be formally sworn in on Jan. 16
12/10/14 - Seven judges to join the bench in 2015, prompting several changes in judicial assignments.
11/18/14 - Howard O. McGillin, Jr. appointed to the Circuit Court
11/14/14 - Ten local children adopted as part of National Adoption Day ceremony in Daytona Beach.
7/2/14 - Volusia County Pretrial Services gain re-accreditation.
6/27/14 - Circuit Judge Carlos E. Mendoza confirmed for federal bench and Circuit Judge Clyde E. Wolfe to preside in Putnam County
3/14/14 - Flagler County Teen Court wins Mock Trial Competition
2/25/14 - Circuit Judge Dawn D. Nichols sworn into office
1/27/14 - Retirement celebration for Judge Grimes to include Judicial Convocation
11/8/13 - State Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart to speak at upcoming graduation for The St. Johns County Juvenile Drug Court Program
10/14/13 - Circuit Judge Hubert L. Grimes announces his retirement
7/3/13 - Circuit Judge Robert K. Rouse Jr. honored with Florida Bar professionalism award
6/7/13 - Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins to serve as chief judge
12/26/12 - Flagler, Putnam county court judges to retire
12/20/12 - Volusia County Court Judge Peter Marshall to retire Jan. 7
4/23/12 - Eight circuit and three county court judges re-elected
2/20/12 - Circuit Judge Richard S. Graham to retire in October
1/18/12 - SAVE Docket to offer criminal sentencing alternatives
1/5/12 - Volusia County Court Judge Peter Marshall to retire in early 2013
1/4/12 - Flagler County Court Judge Sharon B. Atack to retire in early 2013
9/16/11 - Circuit Judge John M. Alexander receives state child welfare award
7/5/11 - Volusia County Pretrial Services gains re-accreditation
5/20/11- Circuit Judge William A. Parsons to lead area judiciary as chief judge
5/2/11 - Circuit Judge John W. Watson III to retire in August
4/1/11 - Volusia County court to offer criminal sentencing alternatives
3/29/11 - Circuit Judge Julianne Piggotte to retire in June
10/26/10 - Internationally recognized substance abuse expert to train drug court professionals Oct. 27
10/6/10 - New Year to bring new judges, assignments
8/3/10 - Juvenile drug court to begin in St. Johns County
7/14/10 - Seventh Judicial Circuit to begin mandatory residential mortgage foreclosure mediation
6/17/10 - Changes in Seventh Judicial Circuit to bring new faces to the bench
5/3/10 - Circuit Judge Edward E. Hedstrom to retire in October
4/30/10 - Three circuit and three county court judges re-elected
4/26/10 - Circuit Judge Margaret W. Hudson named Woman of the Year
3/12/10 - Circuit Judge A.W. Nichols III to retire in early 2011
1/26/10 - Volusia County Court Judge John Roger Smith to retire in July
1/12/10 - Two longtime Volusia County circuit judges to retire late 2010, early 2011
1/12/10 - Circuit Judge Kim C. Hammond to retire in early 2011
9/11/09 - Circuit Judge John M. Alexander awarded statewide dependency court honor
9/2/09 - Circuit Judge Shawn L. Briese honored with statewide alternative dispute resolution award
6/24/09 - Circuit Judge J. David Walsh to again lead area judiciary as chief judge
4/17/09 - Volusia County Teen Court to host open house May 1
9/30/08 - Volusia County Teen Court program seeks youth volunteers, offers trainings in October
6/17/08 - Volusia County Pretrial Services earns accreditation
5/28/08 - Ceremony to dedicate Richard O. Watson Judicial Center May 30
5/5/08 - Fourteen circuit judges and three county court judges re-elected
7/10/07- Volusia County Adult Drug Court to celebrate 10 years with graduation July 17
6/25/07- Circuit Judge J. David Walsh to lead area judiciary as chief judge
6/25/07 - Circuit judges to make assignment changes July 1
4/24/07 - Volusia County Court Judge Belle B. Schumann named Woman of the Year
4/12/07 - An Afternoon at the Courthouse to offer look into courts system
12/4/06 - Volusia County Court Judge H. Pope Hamrick Jr. to retire Dec. 31
7/3/06 - Seventh Judicial Circuit to gain one new circuit judge, qualifying begins July 17
6/15/06- Circuit Judge Robert K. Rouse Jr. named Central Florida Jurist of the Year
5/16/06 - Six circuit and seven county court judges re-elected
4/17/06 - An Afternoon at the Courthouse to offer look into courts system 
3/13/06 - Circuit Judge Edwin P.B. Sanders to retire after 23 years on the bench
3/7/06 - Volusia County Court Judge H. Pope Hamrick Jr. to retire
7/26/05 - Volusia, Flagler Teen Court programs seek adult, youth volunteers
6/24/05 - Circuit Judge William A. Parsons to lead area judiciary as chief judge

Media Advisories
9/12/14 - Charles David Hood, Jr. to take judicial oath of office on Sept. 26
6/24/14 - Summertime blood drive at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand
3/24/14 - Circuit Judge Dawn D. Nichols to be formally sworn in on March 28
5/22/13 - Volusia County Drug Court participants to host Memorial Day walk in Daytona Beach
3/12/13 - Putnam County Court Judge Joe Boatwright to be invested Friday
3/11/13 - Volusia County DUI Court to host graduation ceremony Thursday
2/18/13 - Circuit Judge Howard M. Maltz to be invested Feb. 22
2/11/13 - Flagler County Court Judge D. Melissa Moore Stens to be invested Feb. 15
1/18/13 - Volusia County Court Judge Christopher Kelly to be invested Jan. 25
9/10/12 - Volusia County Court Judge Judith D. Davidson to be invested Sept. 14
6/28/12 - Volusia County Drug Court participants to graduate from etiquette course Monday
2/14/12 - Volusia County Court Judge Steven C. Henderson to be invested Feb. 17
11/14/11 - Seventh Judicial Circuit, Community Partnership for Children to celebrate National Adoption Month Friday
11/14/11 - Former law partners turned judges to hear arguments at appellate court Thursday
10/27/11 - Volusia County Drug Court participants to compete in Daytona Beach Half Marathon Oct. 30
10/3/11 - Circuit Judge Carlos E. Mendoza to be invested Oct. 7
3/21/11 - Circuit Judge Leah R. Case to be invested March 25
2/3/11 - Courthouse dedication to honor Judge S. James Foxman Saturday
1/24/11 - St. Johns County Court Judge Alexander R. Christine to be invested Jan. 28
1/18/11 - Circuit Judge Scott C. DuPont to be invested Jan. 21
1/12/11 - Volusia County Court Judge Robert A. Sanders, Jr., to be invested Jan. 14
10/22/10 - Circuit Judge Patti A. Christensen to be invested Oct. 29
8/6/10 - Volusia County Court Judge Bryan A. Feigenbaum to be invested Aug. 13
6/21/10 - Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins to be invested June 25
5/6/10 - Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince to visit Daytona Beach May 11, participate in Statewide Drug Court Graduation
8/17/09 - Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis to visit Daytona Beach Aug. 19
4/27/09 - Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince to speak at April 30 event
4/30/08 - Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero to speak at professionalism event May 1
2/15/08 - Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis to visit Atlantic High School Feb. 22
8/13/07- Volusia County Court Judge David H. Foxman to be invested Aug. 17
3/14/07 - Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis to visit Palm Coast, Daytona Beach March 16
2/5/07 - Circuit Judge Clyde E. Wolfe to be invested Feb. 9
1/17/07 - Volusia County Court Judge Dawn P. Fields to be invested Jan. 19
11/13/06 - Court, Community Based Care to celebrate National Adoption Month Nov. 17
6/30/06 - Media plan for State v. Hunter, Salas, Victorino
6/20/06 - Circuit Judge Margaret W. Hudson to be invested June 23
4/4/06 - Media plan for State v. Victorino, Salas and Hunter
2/17/06 - Circuit Judge Randell H. Rowe III to be invested Feb. 17
2/6/06 - Volusia County Court Judge Peter A.D. McGlashan to be invested Feb. 10
11/17/05 - Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano to be invested Nov. 22
11/15/05 - Court to host Adoption Day reception Nov. 18
7/18/05 - Circuit Judge Wendy W. Berger to be invested July 22