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The Honorable Bruce Bartlett

The  Honorable Bruce Bartlett served as Chief Assistant State Attorney for 28 years until his appointment as State Attorney of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on January 21, 2021. In his role as State Attorney, Mr. Bartlett serves in an ex-officio capacity on the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County.

Mr. Barlett began his career with the Sixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in 1979, where he rose to Division Director and then to Chief Assistant State Attorney in 1992. In his role as Chief Assistant State Attorney, he directly supervised 170 Assistant State Attorneys in Pinellas and Pasco counties and tried over 200 jury trials involving serious felonies.

During his career spanning four decades, Mr. Bartlett has held numerous professional memberships and received multiple awards. He has been a lecturer at Stetson University, instructor at St. Petersburg College and Pasco-Hernando Community College, and is currently on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. He formerly served as Chair of Law Week for the Pinellas County Bar Association, Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee (6-D), Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission Sixth Judicial Circuit, and member of the Pinellas County Police Athletic League (PAL). He received the Outstanding Professionalism in the Practice of Law Award from the St. Petersburg Bar Association (2007), Richard T. Earle Jr. Barney Masterson Inn of Court Award Demonstrating Highest Degree of Professionalism in the Practice of Law (2004), and Elk Lodge 1224 Prosecutor of the Year (1994).

Born in St. Petersburg, Bruce Bartlett received his Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. He is married with two adult children, and is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County.

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The State Attorney is the chief prosecutor for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which includes both Pinellas and Pasco counties. He represents the state of Florida in that judicial court, and prosecutes or defends lawsuits, applications, or motions, whether civil or criminal, on behalf of the state. The State Attorney also handles some civil cases and it is the job of the State Attorney to review charges and complaints to determine whether they warrant prosecution and trial.


In addition to these duties, the State Attorney provides legal advice to law enforcement agencies within the circuit, working with the agencies to provide in-service training. The Office of the State Attorney handles over 132,000 criminal prosecution referrals annually, including felonies, misdemeanors and juveniles. 


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About the County Attorney

The County Attorney is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and is directly responsible to the Board. This office provides legal advice and representation to the Board of County Commissioners and its employees. The County Attorney's Office provides legal assistance to all departments, divisions, committees and boards under the Board of County Commissioners and the Constitutional Officers upon request.

The County Attorney represents the Board of County Commissioners during all public hearings attended by the Board. The County Attorney counsels various boards and committees formed by the Board of County Commissioners including Planning Commission, the Development Review Committee and numerous other advisory boards and committees.


The County Attorney, Chief Assistant County Attorney and Assistant County Attorneys prosecute and defend all lawsuits brought by and against the County, represent the County at administrative hearings, draft and review ordinances and resolutions requested by the Board, approve all contracts, bonds and written instruments for form and correctness and render legal opinions upon the request of the Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator and the various County departments.

Pasco County Citizens Legal Representation

Please note the County Attorney’s Office cannot represent or give advice to the citizens of Pasco County. For legal representation, you should contact either your own private attorney, Referral agencies can be reached at:  Bay Area Legal Services at (727) 847-5494 or the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (850) 561-5600.

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Bruce Bartlett appointed Pinellas-Pasco state attorney

As expected, the governor appointed veteran prosecutor Bruce Bartlett to serve as Pinellas-Pasco state attorney.

Bartlett served as chief assistant state attorney for the man he will replace, longtime State Attorney Bernie McCabe, who died Jan. 1 at the age of 73. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment late Thursday.

“I’m truly grateful to Gov. DeSantis for his trust in me to represent the people of Pinellas and Pasco County as their State Attorney,” Bartlett said in a statement.

McCabe spent a half-century as a prosecutor and in 1992 was elected to oversee all prosecutions in Pasco and Pinellas counties. He died days before he was to start another four-year term.

Related: Bernie McCabe, Pinellas-Pasco’s top prosecutor, dies at age 73

The circuit’s chief judge appointed Bartlett as acting state attorney after McCabe’s death. The governor’s appointment means Bartlett will serve for the next two years, until the position goes on the 2022 ballot.

Bartlett told the Tampa Bay Times that he intends to run for the position in two years, in what would be the longtime public servant’s first political campaign.

He has spent four decades as a prosecutor in the region, handling several high-profile prosecutions and rising to become McCabe’s second-in-command. Bartlett briefly retired in 2014 but returned to his former position.

He was on the prosecution team that convinced a jury to convict Oba Chandler for the 1989 murders of a visiting Ohio family, Joan Rogers and daughters Michelle and Christe. Chandler was executed in 2011.

The prosecutor was also on the teams that sent the killers of these law enforcement officers to prison: Pasco sheriff’s Lt. Charles “Bo” Harrison, who died in 2003; St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford, who was killed in 2011; and Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek, who lost his life in 2014.

“I had the honor of working with my friend Bernie McCabe for over 40 years,” Bartlett said. “His legacy, and the legacy of our office, is to work every single day to maintain the highest level of justice on behalf of the people of Pinellas and Pasco Counties; you have my word that I will.”

Bartlett’s appointment was endorsed by Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican who worked in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office under both McCabe and Bartlett.

“There is no person in the State of Florida more qualified for the job of Sixth Circuit State Attorney than Bruce Bartlett,” Sprowls said in a statement.


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Office of the State Attorney, Sixth Judicial Circuit
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Post Office Box 17500
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 464-6090
(727) 464-6221

Services:Criminal justice support/advocacy; Crisis counseling; Emergency legal advocacy; Follow-up contact; Information and referral; Personal advocacy; Translation services; Transportation; Victims compensation claims assistance; Death notification
Victims Served:All
Counties Served:Pinellas, Pasco
Circuits Served:6
Hours of Service:Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contacts:Marlena Battle
Director of Victim Witness Program
(727) 464-6090
Anne Schodt
Domestic Violence
(727) 464-9943
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Pinellas County  

(727) 464-6221

New Port Richey  

(727) 847-8158

Dade City  

(352) 521-4333

Juvenile Division  

(727) 464-6916Public Defender's Office

Pinellas County  

(727) 464-6516

New Port Richey  

(727) 847-8155

Dade City  

(352) 521-4388Clerk of the Court Pinellas County

Juror Information  

(727) 464-6423

Juror Information (TDD)  

(727) 464-4303

Felony Court Records  

(727) 464-6793

Juvenile Court Records  

(727) 464-6793

Misdemeanor Court Records  

(727) 464-7000

Sealing Records  

(727) 464-7000

Traffic Court (49th Street)  

(727) 464-7000

Traffic Court (St. Pete)  

(727) 582-7681

Traffic Court (Clearwater)  

(727) 464-8700 Clerk of the Court Pasco County

East Pasco  

(352) 521-4503

West Pasco  

(727) 847-8178

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Pasco County State Attorney

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Pasco County State Attorney Contact Information

Address and Phone Number for Pasco County State Attorney, a District Attorney Office, at Little Road, New Port Richey FL.

Pasco County State Attorney
7530 Little Road
New Port Richey, Florida, 34654

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About the Pasco County State Attorney

The Pasco County State Attorney, located in New Port Richey, FL, is an agency that prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the New Port Richey government. The District Attorney heads the New Port Richey Prosecutor's Office, directing the attorneys who work for the office. In New Port Richey, the District Attorney plays a central role in criminal cases, working with police to decide whether to bring charges and prosecuting the case in court. The DA's Office also maintains court records that are open to the public.

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