Judge James M. Colaw

Judge Colaw

Judge James M. Colaw

The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the judges of the Eighth Judicial Circuit to discuss pending cases with the public. Please do not call the Court expecting to speak with a Judge about any case. If you have a comment to make, please mail it to the Clerk’s Office in the appropriate county. Please keep in mind that the Court is only allowed to consider arguments made in court and documents filed by actual parties to the case. They cannot ethically read or consider any other opinions or arguments about the case, and they cannot give legal advice. Thank you.

Current Assignment

Circuit Judge – September 2013 – Present

Alachua: Criminal Division II (F-K)

Baker: Circuit Criminal

Circuit-wide: Extraordinary and Unusual Case Compensation

Judicial Assistant

Wendy Thurow


Alachua County Criminal Justice Center
220 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 548-3784 (phone)

Baker County Courthouse
339 East Macclenny Avenue
Macclenny, FL 32063
(904) 259-0216 (phone)

Proposed Orders for Judge James M. Colaw

  • Proposed Orders shall be emailed to thuroww@circuit8.org in Word format.  Please do not send Proposed Orders, Motions, or supporting documentation by United States Mail.
  • All orders shall include a certificate of service at the bottom of the order.  Please indicate the name of the party who is to receive the order, as well as that party’s e-mail/e-service address OR mailing address, if a hard copy is required.
  • Proposed Orders are not accepted via e-filing. Motions should continue to be e-filed with the Clerk’s Office.


Juris Doctor: University of Florida College of Law
Masters of Business Administration: University of Florida
Bachelor: Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience, Florida State University
2006 – Present: National Board Certified in Criminal Trial
2006 – Present: Florida Board Certified in Criminal Trial


Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Criminal Justice Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges
Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee
Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Board of Directors
Faculty, Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness & Diversity, Sentencing Bias
Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Death Penalty
Adjunct Faculty University of Florida Levin College of Law, Trial Practice
Faculty, Florida Institute on Interpersonal Violence (FIIV), Domestic Violence Training for Judges
Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Phase I Judicial College- Mock Trial