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…

Cultural Alliance Opens Inaugural Courthouse Exhibition

Cultural Alliance opens inaugural courthouse exhibition “Justice” at the St. Lucie County Courthouse featuring the work of local artist.

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Metzger and newly sworn in Board members of the Martin County Women Lawyers Association.

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Metzger and newly sworn in Board members of the Martin County Women Lawyers Association. The swearing in ceremony was held on June 7, 2022 in the Martin County Courthouse.  The incoming officers of the Board are: President, Abby Spears; President Elect, Erin Kirkwood; Secretary, Niki Marshall; Treasurer,  …

Michelle Cronk

Michelle Cronk: Martin County Mental Health Court

"Mental health court has helped me tremendously. They have an amazing team who have helped me get my life back. The entire team helps me keep track of my multiple doctor appointments and medication. My doctor, Greg Landrum, works with the team to make…

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit is hosting a free Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediation Certification Training. If you have a desire to help others, an interest in the law, and a willingness to follow proper procedures for dispute resolution - then this training is for you!

Pre-registration and an interview is…