Hurricane Irma Update as of 9/15/2017: Please be advised that the courts in Polk County are open. Courts in Hardee and Highlands Counties will reopen on Monday, Sept. 18th.

Issued Administrative Order No. AOSC17-52 (Extend Time Periods for Polk County in the 10th)


Florida's 10th Judicial Circuit


 

About the Court

Courthouse Locations and Information

Centered in the heart of Florida's 20 judicial circuits, the Courts of the Tenth Judicial Circuit serve Hardee, Highlands, and Polk Counties. The tri-county area has diverse localities ranging from urbanized population centers to profoundly rural areas. Twenty-eight circuit judges and twelve county court judges serve a population of approximately 728, 612 people in a 3,676 square mile area.

In the State of Florida, the court system is organized in four different tiers, with a two-tier appellate court system, and a two-tier trial court system. The Supreme Court of Florida and the five District Courts of Appeal make up the appellate court system. In the trial court system, all 20 judicial circuits have one circuit court encompassing one or more county courts. The Tenth Judicial Circuit Court has three county courts, one each in Hardee (Wauchula), Highlands (Sebring), and Polk (Bartow) Counties.

The Tenth Judicial Circuit is a court of general jurisdiction and is comprised of five divisions: Civil, Criminal (Felony), Family, Juvenile, and Probate. Each of the five divisions is under the auspices of an administrative judge, appointed by the chief judge. County courts are courts of limited jurisdiction where criminal misdemeanors, traffic cases and civil cases under $15,000 (landlord/tenant, small claims) are heard. Each county court is overseen by an administrative judge appointed by the chief judge.

 

The 10th Circuit's Mission Statement

Bartow Court House

The Courts of the Tenth Judicial Circuit will conduct their business openly, will ensure that all persons with legitimate business before the Courts have access to their proceedings, and will make their facilities safe, accessible and convenient to use.

The Courts of the Tenth Judicial Circuit will meet their responsibilities to everyone affected by their actions and activities in a timely and expeditious manner.

The Courts of the Tenth Judicial Circuit will provide due process and equal protection of the law to all who have business before them by applying the principles of equality, fairness and integrity in reaching decisions.

The Courts of the Tenth Judicial Circuit will conduct their business and activities in a way that will instill public trust and confidence.

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Courthouses and Information

Hardee Directions

Hardee County
417 W. Main St.
Wauchula, FL 33873

(863) 773-4174

About Hardee Courthouse

Highlands Directions

Highlands County
430 S. Commerce Ave.
Sebring, FL 33870

(863) 402-6565

About Highlands Courthouse
 

Polk Directions

Polk County
255 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830

(863) 534-4000

About Polk Courthouse

Winter Haven Directions

Winter Haven Branch
Northeast Polk County Government Center
3425 Lake Alfred Road
Winter Haven, FL 33881
(863) 534-4000
 

Lakeland Directions

Lakeland Branch

930 East Parker Street
Lakeland, FL 33801

(863) 534-4000