Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system in Orange County, Florida, is a comprehensive network that involves multiple entities working collaboratively to uphold the law and deliver justice. The system is anchored by the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, where criminal cases are processed from initial arraignment through trial. The State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit plays a crucial role, responsible for prosecuting criminal offenses in the county. Defense services are provided by the Public Defender’s Office, which represents individuals who cannot afford private counsel. Additionally, the Orange County Corrections Department manages the local detention facilities, ensuring the custody and care of individuals awaiting trial or serving sentences. This integrated system also includes specialized courts, such as drug courts and mental health courts, designed to address specific issues within the criminal justice process, offering rehabilitative and alternative sentencing options to eligible participants.