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The Honorable James J. DeKleva

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The Honorable:
James J. DeKleva


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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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