Robert Hilliard

County Judge
Santa Rosa County
County Court: Criminal Traffic, Misdemeanors, County Ordinance, Landlord/Tenant, County Civil and Small Claims. Criminal matters are divided by alphabet: Division 1 = K-Z. Civil matters are divided by case file number. Division 1 = odd numbers.
Judicial Assistant: 
Debra A. Coker

Santa Rosa County Courthouse
6865 Caroline Street, Box 2
Milton, FL 32570

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All paperwork in reference to a court case of any kind should be e-filed with the Santa Rosa County Clerk of the Court via the e-filing portal.  Do not send a copy directly to the Judge’s office unless it is a courtesy copy of the notice of hearing.


The following times are given as a general guideline.  On occasion it is necessary to schedule at a different time or day.


First Appearances:

The county judges alternate weeks of coverage of first appearances (bond hearings).  Weekday first appearances are scheduled daily at 1:30 p.m.  Weekend and holiday coverage is handled by the duty judge.  When Judge Hilliard is the duty judge, he conducts his weekend and holiday first appearances at 9:00 a.m.  Any changes in time will be noticed via email.  Private attorneys will be notified of any changes provided the judicial assistance is aware of their participation.   If the pretrial release office notifies the judicial assistant that the defendant anticipates his attorney to be present at first appearance, the judicial assistant will confirm with a courtesy call to the attorney’s office.


Arraignments (Plea Day) in Division 1 are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. for criminal traffic cases and at 1:30 p.m. or misdemeanor cases.  These are usually scheduled on a Thursday.  Appearance is required unless Notice of Appearance, Plea of Not Guilty and Waiver of Appearance have been filed with the Clerk of Court.



Criminal Motions:

Criminal motions are scheduled once within a trial cycle.  Post-trial criminal motions are scheduled at 9:00 a.m. and pre-trial criminal motions are scheduled at 10:30 a.m.  All motions must be filed with the Clerk of the Court and a copy sent to the Office of the State Attorney.  Motion hearings should be scheduled with the judicial assistant to ensure adequate time is available.

Pretrial Conferences:

Pretrial conferences are scheduled on separate dates for the public defender and for private attorneys, beginning at 9:00 a.m.   Defendants and their attorney must appear unless otherwise excused by the Court.


Mini Docket Day:

Depending on time availability, one “mini docket day” is scheduled prior to each trial cycle.  These are usually scheduled on the Thursday or Friday before jury selection.


Jury Selection Day:

On the day of jury selection, pretrial discussions begin at 8:00 a.m. in Chambers, followed by the selection process In the assigned courtroom.

Violations of Probation: