Welcome from Chief Judge John L. Miller

Judge Miller

As Chief Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information about the judges in the First Judicial Circuit, courthouse locations, court programs, contacts, and more. 

The First Judicial Circuit is one of 20 judicial circuits in Florida and serves the four counties of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton.

As Chief Judge, it is my honor to serve the First Judicial Circuit with 34 other judges and administrative staff to provide the citizens of our circuit with prompt access to justice as well as fair and timely resolution of disputes.  The judiciary is an independent branch of government designed to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.  Our goal is to be accessible, fair, effective, responsive, and accountable.  The judges and court staff in this circuit will strive daily to meet these goals and to instill public trust and confidence in our court system.  The First Judicial Circuit strives to ensure that all persons are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

As Chief Judge, my responsibilities include carrying out the orders of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida; administrating and supervising the courts, judges, and officers of the court within the judicial circuit; and, developing and implementing plans for the efficient operation of the courts that provide prompt disposition of cases, assignment of judges and staff, control of dockets, and regulation and use of courtrooms. 

All of our judges are committed to upholding the tremendous trust you have placed in us and your comments about our operations are always welcomed.  We hope to hear from you as we continue to look for ways to improve our court operations.



                                                                                      John L. Miller, Chief Judge


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e-Portal Proposed Orders

Effective January 1, 2015, the Court has agreed that the Clerk in Escambia County will not accept proposed orders through the e-Portal. This temporary restriction does not apply to any other pleadings, motions, notices, or other filings which the e-Portal is capable of accepting. Counsel should check the preferences of the assigned judge posted here on the First Judicial Circuit Website at the JUDGES tab. Most judges will prefer that proposed orders be submitted either by hand delivery through the run, by U.S. mail, or by e-mail in Word format to the presiding judge’s judicial assistant. For those judges who do not have specific preferences on the website as to proposed orders, counsel may transmit the proposed orders by any of the aforementioned methods.