The mission of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit is the same mission as the Florida Supreme Court, namely: The mission of the judicial branch is to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.
In the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, the areas of law in which self-represented individuals most frequently seek assistance are in the family law division and small claims division. In the Fifteenth Circuit, we employ seven family law case managers whose duties are to assist the judiciary and family magistrates with the case management of the pending and reopened family cases involving selfrepresented litigants. These family case managers assist the self-represented litigants and the judiciary by monitoring the movement of the cases from point of initiation to disposition using mechanisms such as early screening, the creation of event deadlines, (pursuant to Florida Supreme Court disposition time frames), scheduling hearings, and drafting proposed orders. The family case managers also respond to procedural questions from self-represented litigants. In 2014-2015, the family case managers handled slightly more than 5,500 cases involving selfrepresented litigants.