Circuit Judges handle all Circuit Court matters. Included are Felonies, Civil suits exceeding $15,000, Domestic Relations, Probate & Juvenile. There are four circuit judges in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
County Judges handle all County Court matters. Included are Misdemeanors, Civil suits not exceeding $15,000, Landlord Tenant, Small Claims & Traffic. County Judges are often assigned to work as Circuit Judges. County judges serve six year terms. There are four county judges in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Senior Judges after retirement may seek approval from the Supreme Court of Florida to serve as senior judges on temporary assignment to hear, conduct and try cases for the court. Senior judges of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit assist the judiciary by presiding over a variety of cases heard in the circuit and county courts.