Administrative Office Of The Courts
20th Judicial Circuit of Florida

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The Administrative Office of the Courts' two main functions are case management and operational support, thereby providing a wide range of administrative, legal, financial, management, program, and information technology services to the 20th Judicial Circuit courts.

The Administrative Office of the Court is organized based on functional responsibilities that are rooted in judicial administration and court operations areas. Although these responsibilities are carried out across the organization, certain roles and activities are department specific.


The court administrator is the manager of administrative, non-judicial affairs of the court. In Florida, the supreme court, the district courts of appeal and the circuit courts each have a court administrator. The court administrator is responsible for the supervision of court staff, budget planning, assignment and distribution of cases and implementation of court policy. The Administrative Office of the Courts is also responsible for the supervision and management of departments and programs which offer an alternative to the traditional adversarial setting of the courtroom for settling disputes. Each year these programs divert thousands of cases such as citizen disputes from the courtroom into mediation and arbitration, thus saving both the parties involved and the court millions of dollars.

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The mission of the Administrative Office of the courts is to provide the highest level of professional services with integrity, equality, and respect that supports the judiciary in their efforts to protect rights and liberties, ensure access to justice for all citizens, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes in a fair and timely manner.

A mission statement defines an organization's purpose. It helps an organization focus on what is truly important and serves as a reference point for developing and prioritizing goals and strategies. An organization's mission statement typically reflects its mandates and the expectations of those who work in or are served by the organization.

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The Administrative Office of the Courts will provide professional, efficient, effective service to the Courts focusing on our core businesses:

A vision statement helps an organization develop a picture of itself in a perfect world. It defines what the organization aspires to be like when it performs at its best. It is an expression of the organization's fundamental values

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For more information about the Administrative Office of the Courts, please contact our Public Information Officer, Sara Miles at (239) 533-1723.

Sara Miles
Public Information Officer
Phone: (239) 533-1723
Fax: (239) 533-1796

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Administrative Office of the Courts
20th Judicial Circuit of Florida
1700 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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