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Judges for Criminal Cases in Pinellas County

Felony cases are prosecuted in Circuit Court. Misdemeanor cases are prosecuted in County Court. In Pinellas County, the clerk’s office will assign your felony or misdemeanor courtroom division at the time of your first arrest.

If you are arrested again, you will be assigned to that same division in Circuit Court or County Court each time.

Cases are prosecuted at the Pinellas County Justice Center (CJC) located at 14250 49th Street North in Clearwater, FL.

You can find out information about your case by searching the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS). The provides information about the judge, defense attorney, and prosecutor assigned to your case, entries on the docket, upcoming court dates, and information about the final disposition.

Attorney for Criminal Cases in Pinellas County, FL

If you were arrested for a criminal offense in Pinellas County, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm to find out more about how your case will be prosecuted.

We are familiar with the special procedures that vary from courtroom to courtroom. Each judge in Pinellas had their own preferences when it comes to how cases are handled.

Contact us for a free consultation to discuss the charges pending against you, the potential penalties for that offense, and the best defenses that can be used in your case to fight the charges.

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney for Pinellas County, FL, call 813-250-0500 today.

Circuit Court Judges in Pinellas County

Circuit judges serve six-year terms and are paid $160,688 a year. According to Administrative Order No. 2018-050 PI-CIR, beginning on January 8, 2019, the following judicial assignments for the criminal court sections in the Circuit Courts in Pinellas County take effect:

  • Section A – Judge Nancy Moate Ley
  • Section B  – Judge Michael F. Andrews
  • Section C  – Judge William H. Burgess
  • Section D  – Judge Joseph A. Bulone
  • Section I  – Judge Chris Helinger
  • Section J  – Judge Anthony Rondolino
  • Section K  – Judge Susan St. John
  • Section M – Judge Philip J. Federico
  • Section N – Judge Dee Anna Farnell
  • Section T – Judge Pat Siracusa
  • Section Z – Senior Judge

County Court Judges in Pinellas County

Under Administrative Order No. 2018-051 PI-CTY, the following judicial assignments take effect on January 8, 2019, for county court misdemeanor cases:

  • Section E – Judge Dorothy Vaccaro
  • Section F – Judge Theodora C. Komninos
  • Section G – Judge Kathleen T. Hessinger
  • Section H – Judge Cathy McKyton
  • Section L – Judge Robert Dittmer
  • Section O – Judge Donald E. Horrox
  • Section R – Judge Holly T. Grissinger
  • Advisory #1 / Section P – Judge John D. Carballo for:
    • advisories, including first appearance for domestic violence criminal cases;
    • arraignment hearings on Notices to Appear;
    • Local Ordinance Violations and non-criminal payable infractions; and
    • other duties assigned by the Court.
  • Advisory #2 – Judge Paul A. Levine for:
    • advisories;
    • arraignment hearings on Notices to Appear;
    • bond calendars;
    • Jimmy Ryce trials; and
    • other duties assigned by the Court.

Additional Resources

List of Judges in Pinellas County – Visit the website of the Sixth Judicial Circuit to find a list of the judges, the judicial assignments, the calendar of the judges, the duty assignments, addresses, and phone numbers, divisions and sections, and the names of the judicial assistants. The website also provides information about the chief judge and links to the practice requirements published by individual judges. The practice requirements outline the preferences, policies, and procedures that apply to each judge and each courtroom. Find links to JAWS and the search features for the Clerk of County Court in Pinellas.

This article was last updated on Friday, July 31, 2020.

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