Welcome to the website of the State Attorney's Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. The State Attorney is an official who is elected every four years. Mark Ober, along with Assistant State Attorneys, prosecutes criminals throughout our county, encompassing the city of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City. Article V, Florida Constitution, and
Section 27, Florida Statutes, along with various other statutes, set out the authority and guidelines for the office of the State Attorney. The staff of approximately 352 includes more than 120 attorneys, 12 investigators and a dedicated support staff. Our office believes in being very involved in community interests. Our staff plays a part in numerous community-related committees and non-profit organizations.
Our Mission is to ensure that justice is accomplished in all matters relating to the prosecution of criminal offenses. While we must remain vigorous in guarding the rights of all individuals who have contact with the criminal justice system, the protection of the citizens of Hillsborough County shall be our foremost consideration in whatever task we are pursuing. We will also zealously advocate for the rights of victims of crimes committed within our jurisdiction.
Effective September 1, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court has ordered that all civil pleadings be served on opposing counsel by e-mail service and that attorneys practicing in criminal, traffic, and juvenile divisions be given the option of serving documents by e-mail on opposing counsel. As a result, the Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, is now accepting service by e-mail. E-mail service must be completed in compliance with Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.
E-mail service of pleadings should be addressed to MailProcessingStaff@sao13th.com. Do not e-mail pleadings to individual Assistant State Attorneys.
1. The e-mail subject line must contain “SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENT” in all capital letters followed by the case number.
2. The body of the e-mail must include:
a. The court in which the proceeding is pending.
b. The case number.
c. The name of the initial party on each side.
d. The title of each document served.
e. The sender’s name and telephone number.
3. Pleadings must be attached to the e-mail and must be in PDF format.
4. The e-mail and attachments together may not exceed 5 megabytes in size; emails exceeding size requirement must be divided into separate e-mails and labeled sequentially in the subject line.
As always, pleadings can be served by mail or hand delivery to the Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, 419 N. Pierce St., Tampa, FL 33602.
For the complete opinion from the Florida Supreme Court go to SC10-2101