Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Courts
Serving the Citizens of Brevard and Seminole Counties

SEMINOLE COUNTY JUDGE

The Honorable James Dekleva

Division: C, Criminal
Judicial AssistantJane Damron
Office: (407) 665-4921 Email
Located at the Criminal Justice Center, Sanford, Seminole

SCHEDULING HEARINGS

JACs Dockets & Calendars

The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit provides the JACs (Judicial Automatic Calendar System). JACs online scheduling is for attorneys only and requires a login. It is important to review any policies and procedures that apply before contacting judges’ chambers. If you don’t see the docket you are looking for within the JACs list, please contact the Judicial Assistant.

NOTE: Not all of the judges post their calendars online. Calendars are subject to change hourly, so check back frequently to guarantee accurate updates.

Judge DeKleva's Calendar(s)

JACs

JACs Instructions

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A JACS ACCOUNT

Attorneys Only (You will need your Florida Bar Number)

ATTORNEYS CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP OR RESET YOUR ACCOUNT. (You will need your Florida Bar Number)

FOR ALL OTHER PLEASE NOTE: The JACS system was designed to work with bar license numbers only, as a way of tracking attorneys who schedule hearings. We will not be able to create a JACS account for you.

Luckily, JACS is only one of the many ways we have to schedule hearing dates in our Court. If you require a hearing date please use one of these methods:

  1. Work with opposing counsel and have them schedule a hearing on an agreed time/date.
  2. Contact the presiding judge’s Judicial Assistant for your scheduling needs. 
  3. File a motion requesting a hearing per the Florida Trial Court Rules.

INSTRUCTIONS AND MORE

Judge DeKleva's Policies and Procedures (See Below)

The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit provides procedural instructions for attorneys along with policies that may differ within the guidelines of the law between judges and county or circuit court.

Attorneys in both Brevard and Seminole have the resources offering many new facets of modern technology including but not limited to online scheduling, instructions, provider listings, policies and procedures and much more.

There are courtroom rules and policies governing all divisions of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court. All parties are expected to follow these rules.

Judge DeKleva's Policies and Procedures

JAMES DEKLEVA

BIOGRAPHY

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar Association in 1991
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1993
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Seminole County, FL
  • Private Practice, 1993-2012

EDUCATION

  • B.S. Florida State University
  • J.D. Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, 1990

JUDICIAL HISTORY

  • Elected County Court Judge in 2012
  • Civil Administrative Judge for County Court
  • County Court Administrative Judge

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES, AND COMMISSIONS

  • County Representative: Security Committee
  • Past Chairman, Canvassing Board, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Committee
  • Past President, Volie Williams Inn of Court, Seminole County, FL
  • Past President, Seminole County Legal Aid Society
  • Past Board Member, Seminole County Bar Association
  • Judge, Barry School of Law Regional Mock Trial Competition
  • Past Member, Florida Prosecutors Association
  • Past Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past Member, Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President, The Rotary Club of Seminole County, South
  • Past President, Crystal lake Estates HOA
  • Past Director and Coach, Pop Warner, Sanford Youth Football Association
  • Lifetime Alumni Association, Florida State University
  • Booster, Florida State Athletic Boosters

AWARDS

  • 2014 Judge of the Year Award, Seminole County Bar Association
  • Thomas E. Whigham Community Service Award, Seminole County Bar Association
  • Twice recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
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Criminal Justice Center
Judge DeKleva Holds Court at the Criminal Justice Center in
Seminole County

101 Eslinger Way
Sanford, FL 32773-6707
Office: (407) 665-4991

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