The Fifth District Public Prosecutor’s Office is looking for retired lawyers to volunteer in their offices. Anyone wishing to assist with the prosecution of cases in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, or Sumter counties is invited to help.
Last month, courtrooms across the circuit were opened to trial after nearly a year of suspension. The judicial system is facing an unprecedented backlog due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prosecution is looking for volunteers to help resolve cases efficiently and effectively and to serve the people on the racetrack.
“I am confident that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there. We just have to find you, ”said District Attorney Bill Gladson. “The retirement capital of the world is in our back yard, and I know there are altruistic people out there who can make a significant contribution to the work of this office.”
Volunteers can choose how much time they want to devote to the office and how they want to participate. Volunteer activities include reviewing evidence, sharing discoveries, courtroom observation, and administrative duties, among others.
If you are a retired attorney and interested in volunteering, contact Assistant Attorney Cindy Harper at (352) 671-5887 or email [email protected].
William “Bill” Gladson was elected District Attorney for the Fifth District Court in November 2020 and took office in January. He is a former law enforcement officer and prosecutor with more than 20 years of litigation experience. As a prosecutor, Gladson leads a team of more than 250 people serving the citizens of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties, an area of more than 1.2 million people.