Judge Janet Carney Croom

Circuit Judge Croom
Circuit Judge
Appellate, Civil, Probate & Guardianship
Office Address
312 Courthouse Addition 218 South Second Street Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Judicial Assistant
Dominic Virginio

Administrative Judge, Civil Division

St. Lucie: All Civil Jury Trial Cases; All Probate and Guardianship Cases; All Substance Abuse and Mental Health Cases; All Risk Protection Order Cases.



  • University of Arkansas, B.A. cum laude, 1990
  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 1994

Judicial Experience

  • Appointed by Governor Scott, 2015
  • Elected, 2016
  • Nineteenth Circuit Civil Administrative Judge, 2016-present
  • Circuit Civil Jury Trial Division, St. Lucie County, 2015-present
  • Probate Division, St. Lucie County, 2015-present
  • Guardianship Division, St. Lucie County, 2015-present
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Cases, 2015-present
  • Appellate Panel for County Court, 2015-present
  • Associate Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2016

Legal Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General, Section 1983 and State Police Litigation Division, State of Arkansas, 1994-1996
  • Law Clerk, Arkansas Supreme Court, Honorable Ray Thornton, 1996-1997
  • Associate Attorney/Partner, Clem, Polackwich, Vocelle & Berg, 1997-2003
  • Shareholder, Collins, Brown, Caldwell, Barkett, Garavaglia & Lawn, Chartered, 2005-2014
  • Sole Practitioner, Janet C. Croom, P.A., 2014-2015

Board Certifications

  • Construction Law, 2009-present
  • Business Litigation Law, 2011-present

Professional Experience

  • AV, Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth District Court of Appeals, 2011-2015
  • Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 19B, Vice Chair 2007
  • The Florida Bar Association, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 1998-2004
  • The Florida Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, 2004-2007
  • The Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers, Real Property, Trust and Probate Sections
  • The Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Construction Law Committee
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Indian River County Bar Association
  • Indian River Real Property Council
  • The American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Young Lawyers Division, At Large Director, 2000

Professional Admissions

  • Arkansas Bar
  • United States District Court-Eastern District, Arkansas
  • United States District Court-Western District, Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Florida Bar
  • United States District Court-Northern District, Florida
  • United States District Court-Middle District, Florida
  • United States District Court-Southern District, Florida


  • Sebastian River Medical Center, Board of Trustees, 2007-2015
  • St. Edward’s School Advisory Board, 2010-2015
  • Treasure Coast Builders Association, Board Member, 2005-2015
  • Treasure Coast Builders Charitable Foundation, Board Member, 2005-2015
  • United Way of Indian River County, Board Member, 2002-2008
  • American Red Cross, Treasure Coast Chapter, Board Member 1998-2015
  • Chairman, Treasure Coast Chapter, 2001-2003
  • Florida Homebuilders Association
  • Junior League of Indian River County

Awards and Speaker Series

  • Board of Advocates, University of Arkansas School of Law, 1994
  • L.B. Vocelle Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., 1998
  • American Red Cross, North Treasure Coast Chapter, Leadership Volunteer of the Year Award, 2001
  • Business Leader’s 2001 Woman Extraordinaire Award
  • Construction Lien Law Presentation Series, Treasure Coast Builders Association
  • Chinese Drywall Presentation Series, Treasure Coast Builders Association
  • Miranda v. Arizona, St. Lucie County, Rupert J. Smith Law Library, Law Day Speaker
Additional Information


For all Circuit Civil Jury Cases filed January 1, 2018 and later in St. Lucie County, the Agreed Case Management Plan and Order is required and is due 30 days after filing of the answer. This Plan will improve the Court's ability to provide early and continuous management of civil cases as required by Fla. R. Jud. Admin., Rule 2.545, improve time management and efficiency of counsel, and encourage the use of best practices when representing clients.

Circuit Civil Jury Division

Agreed Case Management Plan and Order
Guidelines and Procedures
E-Docket Call Procedure & Form
Clerk of Court Trial Exhibit Procedure Memo
Final Disposition Form

Probate and Guardianship Divisions

Guidelines and Procedures
Special Needs and Pooled Trusts Memorandum

Probate Mandatory Smart Forms (Must Print for Original Attorney Signature)

Checklist: Disposition of Personal Property without Administration
Checklist: Summary Administration
Checklist: Opening Formal Administration
Checklist: Closing a Formal Administration
Personal Representative's Inventory

Incapacity Mandatory Smart Forms

Notice of Petition to Determine Incapacity
Order Appointing Attorney/Elisor
Order Appointing Examining Committee
Order of Compensation of Examining Committee

Guardianship and Guardian Advocate Mandatory Smart Forms

Application Form
Initial Guardianship Inventory Form
Initial Guardianship Plan Form
Annual Accounting Form
Annual Simplified Accounting Form
Annual Audit Checklist
Annual Plan Form
Professional Annual Investigation Form
Petition for Order Authorizing Payment to Guardian
Petition for Order Authorizing Payment to Attorney