About the Legal Services Division:
The Sheriff’s Office maintains a Legal Services Division which consists of the General Counsel and Legal Executive Assistant.
The General Counsel serves as the legal advisor to the Sheriff and as staff attorney for the agency, providing advice and services in a wide range of civil, criminal, and administrative matters. The General Counsel represents the Sheriff in court proceedings, including matters involving civil asset forfeitures and risk protection orders. The General Counsel is also responsible for reviewing agency policies and procedures, reviewing contracts and public records requests, advising on Internal Affairs investigations and other employment matters, providing legal updates and training to members of the agency, and other duties as may be requested or required.
The Legal Executive Assistant provides clerical support and assistance to the General Counsel and the agency in all matters, including litigation, civil asset forfeiture, risk protection orders, contract administration, and public records requests.
The legal services division does not provide legal advice to members of the public. If you require legal advice, the Florida Bar provides an attorney referral service which may be contacted at (800) 342-8011.
About the General Counsel:
Timothy McCourt currently serves as General Counsel to Sheriff Billy Woods and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to his appointment as General Counsel, Mr. McCourt served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, where he supervised a felony division and was responsible for prosecution of cases involving homicide, death to persons, 10/20/Life penalties, drug trafficking, career criminals, and other complex matters. Mr. McCourt was previously assigned within the State Attorney’s Office to the Special Victims Unit (SVU), felony, and county court divisions. He worked for two years in private practice with a law firm in Lake County, where his practice included family law, civil litigation, and appeals.
Mr. McCourt received his law degree, with honors, in 2007, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology, with honors, in 2003, from Florida State University.
Mr. McCourt currently serves as the Volunteer Judge for Marion County’s Juvenile Drug Court Program, volunteers with Marion County’s Teen Court, and is on the Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. He is a past-President and the Excellence Officer of the D.R. Smith American Inn of Court and a member of the Marion County Bar Association. He previously served as Chair of the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
In 2018, Mr. McCourt was awarded the Anti-Defamation League’s Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for his work prosecuting radicalized individuals who sympathized with terrorist organizations and had taken steps towards carrying out acts of violence against Ocala residents, the local Jewish community, or the State of Israel.