Gov. Scott appoints Hernando County Judge Donald Scaglione of Brooksville to 5th Judicial Circuit Court

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Judge Donald Scaglione / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Judge Donald E. Scaglione, shown here at left, was elevated Friday from Hernando County judge to a judgeship in the 5th judicial circuit that covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties, with main administrative offices in Tavares. The 5th circuit is part of the 5th District Court of Appeal, which sits in Daytona Beach. 

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Gov. Rick Scott today announced his appointment of Hernando County Judge Donald E. Scaglione to the 5th Judicial Circuit Court.

Scaglione, 54 of Brooksville, has been a Hernando County Judge since 2005. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement Circuit Judge Sandra Edwards-Stephens.

Gov. Scott said Judge Scaglione’s service on the Hernando County that he has "demonstrated his commitment to his community and the law. I am confident that his decades of service and experience will make him a strong addition to the Circuit Court bench.”

Gov. Rick Scott / Headline Surfer®Gov. Scott said Judge Scaglione’s service on the Hernando County that he has "demonstrated his commitment to his community and the law. I am confident that his decades of service and experience will make him a strong addition to the Circuit Court bench.”

From 1990-2004, Scaglione served as assistant state attorney in the 5th Judicial Circuit. From 1985 to 1990, he served as an assistant state attorney and as an assistant public defender on separate occasions in the 19th Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and his law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

5th District Court of Appeal locator / Headline Surfer®FAST FACTS: 5th DCA territory

The 5th District Court of Appeal sits in Daytona Beach and rules on appeals from the following circuits:
5th (based in Tavares, serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion & Sumter counties);
7th (based in Daytona Beach, serving Volusia, Flagler, Putnam & St. Johns counties);
9th (based in Orlando, serving Orange and Osceola counties);
18th (based in Sanford, serving Seminole and Brevard counties).
Prominent cases with issues decided by the 5th DCA: George Zimmerman pre-trial motion to have judge step aside, Casey Anthony appeal of VOP incarceration, Dale Earnhardt autopsy photo sealing.

Did You Know?

The 5th Judicial Circuit is the ninth most populous in the Sunshine State with 5.5% of Florida’s population. The circuit serves a populace exceeding 1.035 million and has in excess of 131,863 court filings per year. The 5th Judicial Circuit has 31 circuit court Judges and 11 county court judges.

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