Judge William E. Davis

Judge William Davis

Judge William E. Davis

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, 2009 – Present
Administrative Judge, Circuit Criminal Division January 2020 – Present

Alachua: Circuit Criminal Division IV (S-Z)
Alachua: Juror Show Cause Hearings

Levy: Circuit Criminal

Previous Assignments

Administrative Judge – Family
County Court Judge, 2006 – 2008

Proposed orders should be submitted via email to polkl@circuit8.org in Word format along with a copy of the e-filed motion. 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.

Substitution of Counsel: Stipulation should be signed by the defendant, current and new counsel.  New counsel shall file the signed stipulation and motion and submit a proposed order to the Court in Word format.

Changes of Plea should be set on the Criminal General docket unless specially set with the JA. Any plea expected to last more than 15 minutes should be specially set on the judge’s calendar. Changes of Plea will not be accepted at Case Management and should be set on the appropriate docket. Parties should have a completed plea petition with the applicable attachments at the time of the scheduled court event. Links to these documents are included below.

Zoom appearances are permitted for Case Management in the early stages of the case, but the Court may require in person appearances. Other Zoom appearances may be permitted at the discretion of the Court.

In-Custody defendants will only be available by video or transported for Changes of Plea, bond hearings and other events the Court deems necessary. They will not appear by video or be transported for Case Management or VOP Case Management.

Pre-Trial Motions: The Court encourages parties to file and schedule all substantive pre-trial motions prior to the Pre-Trial Conference.

Decorum and Attire: Although the hearing is being conducted virtually, proper courtroom decorum should be maintained. Participants should be in a quiet setting and minimize any external distractions. Be aware of what is behind you and choose a solid neutral wall, if possible. Please dress like you are coming to the courthouse and conduct yourself as you would in person.

Judicial Assistant

Lindsey Polk


Alachua County Criminal Justice Center
220 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 264-7007 (phone), (352) 264-7008 (fax)

Levy County Courthouse
355 South Court Street
Bronson, FL 32621
(352) 486-5348 (phone), (352) 486-5546 (fax)


Juris Doctor: University of Florida College of Law, 1994
University of Arizona, 1989