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. They conduct legal research using paper and electronic sources to determine the applicable current law, draft opinion memoranda as necessary, and draft orders which incorporate their research and analysis of the case files. Or, if the Judge prefers, the attorney will report the results of their research verbally, without a memo. The attorneys are also available to assist the Judges and General Magistrates with immediate research and legal analysis on matters arising during the course of a trial or a hearing. Additionally, the attorneys provide legal assistance to the Circuit’s Appellate Panels on a regular basis.
The OGC also provides legal services to the Chief Judge, in his administrative capacity, as well as the Trial Court Administrator and managers of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Such services include:
- Serving as liaison between the Circuit and other governmental and legal entities
- Providing legal analyses of statutory changes
- Drafting and maintaining files of all Administrative Orders and contracts
- Advising management on personnel matters and Circuit initiatives.