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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ CHIEF JUDGE FEAGLE’S LATEST COVID-19 RELATED AO TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING CRIMINAL COURT DATES, CREATION OF CRIMINAL ON-CALL JUDGE & LIMITATION OF IN-COURT APPEARANCES
Please Click Here to read Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady Administrative order, AOSC20-17 on 3/24/20, amending previous COVID-19 related Orders. All jury proceedings are suspended through 4/17/20, and speedy trial procedures are suspended through 4/20/20.
Please Click Here to read Chief Judge Feagle’s Administrative Order concerning emergency courthouse operations and mission essential functions.
Please Click Here to read a letter from Chief Judge Feagle to the Third Judicial Circuit Community.
Please Click Here  to view all Administrative Orders issued by Florida Chief justice Charles Canady.
The Court is using the Microsoft Teams videoconferencing component as a way for attorneys and litigants to participate in legal proceedings. Please Click Here to access MS Teams tutorial videos.
Please visit our Emergency Preparedness page located under the Resources tab for links to COVID-19 updates.
Due to scaled back court operations in relation to COVID-19, the Third Judicial Circuit encourages all self-represented litigants to register with the Florida Courts e-Filing Portal, a free service that allows parties to file documents and pleadings online, as well as receive electronic communications from the courts about their cases. Please Click Here for more information.

Third Judicial
Circuit Court

The Third Judicial Circuit is one of twenty trial court circuits in the State of Florida. Its main administrative offices are in Lake City. The Third Judicial Circuit operates under the leadership of Chief Judge Mark E. Feagle and Charles Hydovitz, Trial Court Administrator.

Judge Mark E. Feagle

Welcome from
the Chief Judge

As Chief Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit, I want to welcome you to our beautiful Circuit located in the heart of North Central Florida. The Third Judicial Circuit consists of seven counties: Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor, stretching from the State of Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Third Circuit has seven circuit court judges and seven county court judges, as well as one general magistrate, one child support hearing officer, and one traffic court hearing officer; all of whom are dedicated to upholding the high standards of justice. Due to the geographical outlay of our circuit, we do not have a circuit judge occupying each of the counties on a daily basis. Therefore, our county court judges provide great assistance to ensure the timely disposition of cases.

As Chief Judge, my duties include, but are not limited to, the administration and supervision of courts; developing and implementing judicial assignments; and to ensure the courts in the Third Judicial Circuit are accessible in accordance with Florida law.

On behalf of all fourteen judges in our circuit, I welcome and encourage you to explore our website in order to get more informed about our circuit and our courts.

Mark E. Feagle
Chief Circuit Court Judge

Third Judicial Circuit of Florida

With a total of area 5,000 square miles, the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida is geographically the largest circuit in the state.  Situated in North Central Florida the circuit serves a population of approximately 200,000 people.

With our many rivers, crystal clear springs, gulf coast waters and vast undeveloped woodlands, we are proud of our beautiful piece of Florida.

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Madison County

125 Southwest Range Ave.
Madison Florida, 32340

Hamilton County

207 First Street N.E.
Jasper, FL. 32052-6669

Columbia County

173 N.E. Hernando Ave.
Lake City, FL. 32055

Suwannee County

200 South Ohio Ave.
Live Oak Florida, 32064

Taylor County

108 North Jefferson St.
Perry Florida, 32348

Lafayette County

120 West Main Street
Mayo, FL. 32066

Dixie County

214 N.E. Highway 351
Cross City, FL. 32628

Third Judicial Circuit
of Florida

Click on a county to get more information.

With a total area of 5,000 square miles, the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida is geographically the largest circuit in the state.  Situated in North Central Florida the circuit serves a population of approximately 200,000 people.

With our many rivers, crystal clear springs, gulf coast waters and vast undeveloped woodlands, we are proud of our beautiful piece of Florida.

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