Certified Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers

On Friday, September 23, 2022, the Guardian ad Litem held a swearing in ceremony at the Saint Lucie County Courthouse. Chief Judge Schwab swore in 15 new volunteers as Certified Guardian Ad Litem volunteers for the 19th Circuit.

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Please join the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit as we educate and raise awareness during the month of September for Opioid and Stimulant Awareness Month.

Judge Hendriks and Adam Schwartz

Constitution Week commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

“ Judge Jeff Hendriks was a guest instructor at Martin County High School mentoring students on the concepts of…

Opioid Awareness

“Since September is Opioid and Stimulant Awareness Month, please join the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit as we thank Lora G. for having the courage and allowing us the opportunity to share her courageous story of addiction and her experience in drug court.”

Okeechobee VTC

“On Wednesday, September 7, 2022 the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit implemented the Okeechobee Veterans Treatment Court with the Honorable William Wallace presiding over the program. Many thanks to the interdisciplinary team of professionals such as the state attorney, public defender, case manager, treatment provider, probation officer…


The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida, Carlos G. Muniz, has proclaimed September as Opioid and Stimulant Awareness Month. Please join the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit throughout the month of September as we raise awareness and help educate the public on the effects of addiction and the potential of an overdose.

Denis McDonough


“At the NADCP (National Association of Drug Court Professionals) ALL RISE2022 Conference in Nashville, TN last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Denis McDonough spoke about Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) and their many success stories, including here in the…

The Mental Health Court Newsletter

The Martin County Mental Health Court Newsletter

March, 2022 Edition

The Mental Health Court Newsletter is available to read here:

"Judge Rebecca White holds Moose, a regular visitor to Family Court during adoption hearings." [Photo by Katrina Elsken/Lake Okeechobee News]

Article by Katrina Elsken, Lake Okeechobee News at

"OKEECHOBEE - Family Court in Okeechobee has a special helper. Moose, a 7-month-old Dachshund puppy, is the official adoption court mascot. If a child is a little shy or afraid to…

FAWL Installation

19th Judicial Circuit Judge Elizabeth Metzger presided over the Officer Installation for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers at the Florida Bar Convention in Orlando on June 22, 2022. Donna Eng, previous President of the Martin County Women Lawyers Association, was sworn in as the President of FAWL for 2022-2023. Congratulations…