The Sixth Judicial Circuit seeks to inform you about news, events and issues concerning the courts in the community we serve. Court News is a collection of press releases, videos and other communication about the local courts.
Documents are in pdf format.
Newly posted videos on the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s website begin to create a history of the circuit, utilizing the memories of the judges who have presided in the courts that serve Pasco and Pinellas counties. (more)
Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince will join three local judges for this year’s Judicial Forum, a program designed to inspire and motivate at-risk young men and women. The sponsoring Youth Development Initiative (YDI) has scheduled the 2013 Forum to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Dunedin Highland Middle School, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. (more)
Chief Judge McGrady Re-elected for Another Term
Circuit Judge J. Thomas McGrady has been re-elected to a third term as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, the courts for Pasco and Pinellas County. McGrady was re-elected by acclamation during a Feb. 27 meeting of the circuit’s 68 other judges. (more)
Court Program Targets Prescription Drug Abusers
Almost $1.3 million in grant money will fund a special Pinellas Drug Court program aimed at helping young adult abusers of prescription drugs. (more)
New Domestic Violence Court Emphasizes Compliance
Utilizing a $300,000 grant from the Office of Violence Against Women and collaboration with local officials, the Sixth Judicial Circuit will initiate Pinellas County’s new Civil Domestic Violence (DV) Court next month, emphasizing that respondents comply with conditions of orders in DV cases. (more)
Bench and Bar BBQ Presentation
On-line access to public records that are part of court files in Pinellas County is one-step closer with the launch of the first part of a $6.4 million consolidated case management system that will be used by the Court and offices of the State Attorney, Public Defender, Clerk and law enforcement (stakeholders). more>
Four judges who preside over cases in the Sixth Judicial Circuit were honored during Law Day programs conducted annually by Bar associations in the Tampa Bay area. more>
New Plan for Mediation in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases
Revisions to a previously mandated mediation program are targeted more directly at property owners who are most likely to benefit, while making the procedures more user-friendly and effective. The goal is to continue to efficiently move foreclosure cases through the courts of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which serves Pasco and Pinellas counties. more>
Newly implemented Administrative Order 2011-064 PA/PI-CIR has temporarily suspended the automatic referral of residential mortgage foreclosure cases to the Foreclosure Mediation Program. more>
More Than 25 Children Adopted on Pasco Adoption Day
A special day is captured on video as foster children officially become part of their new families and accompanying activities. It’s one of those times when everyone leaves court happy.
Pinellas County's Eighth Annual Adoption Day
A video that captures activity and emotion of Pinellas’ participation in this national observance that focuses on children in foster care and the joy of those who complete the process of finding a forever family.
Sixth Circuit Judges & Staff Served Their Country
A poster recognition for Sixth Judicial Circuit judges and staff who have served their country before or while they served the third branch of government. more>
Circuit Judge J. Thomas McGrady, chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, has been named by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as its Florida Jurist of the Year. Judge McGrady will be honored on July 23rd during the banquet that concludes FLABOTA’s annual conference at the Hammock Beach Resort in Flagler County. more>
Legendary singer/composer James Taylor was the principal speaker at the 10th annual graduation ceremony for Pinellas County Drug Court on May 25. In addition to 100 graduates, approximately 175 family members, judges and special guests attended the ceremony at the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center. They heard Taylor’s inspirational words about his own battle back from the “disease of addiction, and he urged the recovering addicts to exercise and stay away from drugs and alcohol. more>