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The Honorable:
– Marlene Alva

Judicial Assistant:
- Collette Colgrove


Division: E | CRIMINAL

Office: (407) 665-4926 | Email

EDUCATION:

  • Stetson University College of Law - Juris Doctor 1977
  • University of Central Florida - B.A. Psychology 1974

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 1977
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1987

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  • Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney, 1977-1980
    - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee, Florida
    - Field Counsel for Northern Florida, 1980-1981
  • Office of the Public Defender 18th Judicial Circuit
    - Chief Trial Attorney, Brevard County, 1982-1984
    - Chief Assistant Public Defender, 1984-1992
    - Law Office of Marlene M. Alva, 1997-2003

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Appointed Seminole County Court Judge by Governor Lawton Chiles, March 1992
  • Seminole County Judge, March 1992- January 1997
  • Seminole County Court Administrative Judge, 1995-1996
  • Appointed Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit by Governor Jeb Bush, August 2003
  • Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit, October 2003-Present
  • Administrative Judge Circuit Criminal Division, 2011, July 2015 - July 2018
  • Administrative Judge Circuit Civil Division, 2012
  • Associate Justice Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2008 and 2012

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Seminole County Community Leaders and Elected Officials
  • Past President Volie A. Williams Inn of Court
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Volie A. Williams Inn of Court
  • Brevard County Civilian Military Council, 45th Space Wing, 2003-2015
  • Former member 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Seminole County Bar Association Award for Judge of the Year May. 2017

Calendars and Dockets

For all calendars, dockets, scheduling, etc. please see the attorney resources page by clicking here. May require login using the JACs system. If the judge is not listed, please contact the Judicial Assistant.

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NOTE: Not all Judges and General Magistrates post their policies and procedures online. Some judges prefer to provide their procedures after contacting the Judicial Assistant. If you do not see any policy and procedures listed for desired judge, please contact the Judicial Assistant directly. All other policy and procedure manuals are found here.

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The Honorable:
– Marlene Alva

Judicial Assistant:
- Collette Colgrove


Division: E | CRIMINAL

Office: (407) 665-4926 | Email

EDUCATION:

  • Stetson University College of Law - Juris Doctor 1977
  • University of Central Florida - B.A. Psychology 1974

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 1977
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1987

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  • Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney, 1977-1980
    - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee, Florida
    - Field Counsel for Northern Florida, 1980-1981
  • Office of the Public Defender 18th Judicial Circuit
    - Chief Trial Attorney, Brevard County, 1982-1984
    - Chief Assistant Public Defender, 1984-1992
    - Law Office of Marlene M. Alva, 1997-2003

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Appointed Seminole County Court Judge by Governor Lawton Chiles, March 1992
  • Seminole County Judge, March 1992- January 1997
  • Seminole County Court Administrative Judge, 1995-1996
  • Appointed Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit by Governor Jeb Bush, August 2003
  • Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit, October 2003-Present
  • Administrative Judge Circuit Criminal Division, 2011, July 2015 - July 2018
  • Administrative Judge Circuit Civil Division, 2012
  • Associate Justice Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2008 and 2012

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Seminole County Community Leaders and Elected Officials
  • Past President Volie A. Williams Inn of Court
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Volie A. Williams Inn of Court
  • Brevard County Civilian Military Council, 45th Space Wing, 2003-2015
  • Former member 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Seminole County Bar Association Award for Judge of the Year May. 2017
   

Marlene Alva

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The Honorable:
– Marlene Alva

Judicial Assistant:
- Collette Colgrove


Division: E | CRIMINAL

Office: (407) 665-4926 | Email

EDUCATION:

  • Stetson University College of Law - Juris Doctor 1977
  • University of Central Florida - B.A. Psychology 1974

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 1977
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1987

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  • Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney, 1977-1980
    - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee, Florida
    - Field Counsel for Northern Florida, 1980-1981
  • Office of the Public Defender 18th Judicial Circuit
    - Chief Trial Attorney, Brevard County, 1982-1984
    - Chief Assistant Public Defender, 1984-1992
    - Law Office of Marlene M. Alva, 1997-2003

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Appointed Seminole County Court Judge by Governor Lawton Chiles, March 1992
  • Seminole County Judge, March 1992- January 1997
  • Seminole County Court Administrative Judge, 1995-1996
  • Appointed Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit by Governor Jeb Bush, August 2003
  • Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit, October 2003-Present
  • Administrative Judge Circuit Criminal Division, 2011, July 2015 - July 2018
  • Administrative Judge Circuit Civil Division, 2012
  • Associate Justice Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2008 and 2012

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Seminole County Community Leaders and Elected Officials
  • Past President Volie A. Williams Inn of Court
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Volie A. Williams Inn of Court
  • Brevard County Civilian Military Council, 45th Space Wing, 2003-2015
  • Former member 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Seminole County Bar Association Award for Judge of the Year May. 2017

Calendars and Dockets

For all calendars, dockets, scheduling, etc. please see the attorney resources page by clicking here. May require login using the JACs system. If the judge is not listed, please contact the Judicial Assistant.

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Seminole Criminal Justice Center 101 Eslinger Way Sanford, FL 32773-6707

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NOTE: Not all Judges and General Magistrates post their policies and procedures online. Some judges prefer to provide their procedures after contacting the Judicial Assistant. If you do not see any policy and procedures listed for desired judge, please contact the Judicial Assistant directly. All other policy and procedure manuals are found here.

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Tesha Scolaro Ballou

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The Honorable:
– Tesha Scolaro Ballou

Judicial Assistant:
- Jeanne Deveau


Division: P | CR

Office: (321) 264-6756 | Email

EDUCATION:

  • New England School of Law, J.D.
  • Stonehill College, B.A., magna cum laude

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 2015-2019
    – General Magistrate, Dependency and Guardianship
  • Department of Children, 2009-2015
    – Community Development Director/Deputy Regional Managing Director
    – Region Program Manager
    – Assistant Regional Legal Counsel
  • Division of Insurance, 2007-2008
    – Counsel to the Commissioner
  • Division of Professional Licensure, 2006-2007
    – Administrative Hearings Counsel
  • Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 2001-2006
    – General Counsel
  • CNA Insurance, 1999-2001
    -Litigation Specialist
  • Office of the State Attorney, 1997-1999
    – Acting Division Chief, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
    – Assistant State Attorney, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and Fifth Judicial Circuit

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Circuit Judge, Criminal Division, Titusville, Florida.

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Brevard County Bar Association, Member
  • Brevard Bar Foundation, Member
  • Brevard County Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Brevard County Civilian Military Council, 45th Space Wing
  • Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court, Member
  • Faculty, Advanced Judicial Studies
  • Faculty, Judicial College Phase II
  • Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges
  • Juvenile Court Rules Committee, Dependency Subcommittee, Term 2021
  • Judicial Wellness Committee
  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Co-Chair (Past)
  • Central Florida Family Law Inn, Board Member
  • Seminole County Bar Association, Board of Directors (Past)
  • Seminole County Inn of Court
    - Ethics Chair (Past)
    - Programs Co-Chair (Past)
  • Seminole County Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Seminole County Community Leaders and Elected Officials
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member (Past)
  • Florida Association of Police Attorneys, Member (Past)
  • Lake Mary Rotary Club
    - Chair Family of Rotary (Past)
  • Speaker, Girls Unity Club, Rock Lake Middle School

AWARDS:

  • Steve Griggs Family of Rotary Award, 2019
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 2017

 

Calendars and Dockets

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NOTE: Not all Judges and General Magistrates post their policies and procedures online. Some judges prefer to provide their procedures after contacting the Judicial Assistant. If you do not see any policy and procedures listed for desired judge, please contact the Judicial Assistant directly. All other policy and procedure manuals are found here.

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