A court administrator in each of Florida's 20 judicial circuits is appointed by the chief judge, subject to the concurrence of a majority of the circuit and county court judges, to oversee the non-judicial administration of the court.
Court Administrator Sandra M. Lonergan has served the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in this capacity since 2010. Her responsibilities include budget and personnel management; representing the court at the local, state and national levels; and overseeing office operations, management information, and long term strategic planning requirements. The primary purpose of her office, the Administrative Office of the Courts, is to assist the judiciary in providing for the effective and efficient operation of the courts.
The Administrative Office of the Courts employs non-judicial staff members who provide a myriad of support services to assist the judiciary in the daily operations of the court. This includes case management, courtroom assignments, trial calendar scheduling, court reporting, and coordination of interpreter services. The Office also manages a number of programs & services that assist the judiciary in resolving problems impacting the court and the community. Additionally, it serves as liaison between the Bench, the Bar and numerous public and private organizations to handle a variety of court-related concerns.
The Administrative Office of the Courts further serves the judiciary by providing expertise in the following areas: General counsel and legal research, information and technology, fiscal, personnel and procurement management, and facilities planning.
Handles the operating budget and projected resource needs of the circuit. The Administrative Services Division is composed of the Budget, Fiscal and Purchasing Units.
Oversees and works closely with the court's division directors and administrative judges to provide administrative functions and ensure the efficient operation of each division of the circuit. Many of these functions overlap with other court programs and initiatives.
Serves under the direction of the Chief Judge. The office serves as the liaison between the court system and the legislative branch, the executive branch, the auxiliary agencies of the court, and national court research and planning agencies.
The Facilities Management Division handles all design, construction, improvement, and maintenance of the circuit's facilities. The office works closely with an array of state and county officials to assure management, planning and site acquisition.
The Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC), under the supervision of the General Counsel, is staffed with attorneys who provide support to the judiciary and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The attorneys are experienced members of the Florida Bar who exercise professional judgment and discretion with regard to their assignments. The attorneys review, analyze, and summarize case histories and pending matters in active case files as requested by Judges and General Magistrates.
The Government Liaison & Public Relations Office is the point of contact for all inquiries from members of the media and the general public. The office builds, maintains and manages greater public access to the courts and promotes a better understanding of, and enhanced confidence in, the justice system. This Office works closely with judicial and executive staff as well as state, county, national and international government agencies.
Human Resources has the responsibility for personnel administration including employment classification and compensation, employee benefits, employee relations, employee records, and employee training and development. In addition, Human Resources is responsible for the Circuit’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Office of Records Management.