Circuit Court Judge Wesley Tibbals is a 4th generation Floridian raised in Lake County, Florida. Judge Tibbals graduated from Umatilla High School as valedictorian. An avid athlete, Judge Tibbals was captain of the football and baseball teams, played basketball, and pole-vaulted on the track team while in high school. Judge Tibbals earned his bachelor of science and juris doctor degrees from the University of Florida, and is a proud Florida Gator.
Judge Tibbals was appointed Circuit Court Judge in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 2015. He began service on May 8, 2015, his grandmother’s birthday. Judge Tibbals initially served in the Unified Family Court Division in Tampa, handling family law cases. In early 2019, Judge Tibbals voluntarily transferred to Plant City to preside over family law and civil cases while working with the Chief Judge to restructure court boundaries to alleviate the excessive case load in the Plant City division. In January 2021, he moved back to the Tampa courthouse, returning to the Unified Family Court Division
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