John Jay Gontarek

Circuit Judge
Okaloosa County
Circuit Criminal and Circuit Civil
Judicial Assistant: 
Cheryl Gary (

Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 James Lee Boulevard East
Crestview, FL 32536


Zoom Information: All Civil hearings are currently being conducted via Zoom, you will receive your Zoom information upon confirmation of your hearing.

Telephone Appearance Preferences: Until otherwise noted, all remote hearings will be conducted via Zoom.

Instructions for Submitting Proposed Orders: Proposed orders must be submitted in Word format. They need to be submitted through the e-portal.

Instructions for Scheduling Hearings: Please call the JA, Cheryl Gary, at 850-689-4671 with opposing counsel's office on the line to coordinate a date and time for a hearing. 

Other Divisional Instructions: Please do not submit any proposed orders without first getting the review and approval of opposing counsel, if there is any. Please indicate in your email or cover letter (if submitting through the e-portal) whether or not opposing counsel has reviewed the order and whether or not they had any objections as well as the date the hearing took place.