Judge Michael Scionti is a Circuit Court Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County), who has served our community and country with honor and distinction for 25 years upholding the rule of law in and out of the courtroom, on and off the battlefield, and throughout all branches of government.
Judge Scionti is a Tampa native and lifelong resident of Hillsborough County. He graduated from H.B. Plant High School, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University, and earned his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. Judge Scionti has held various positions of public trust as a lawyer, soldier, magistrate and judge and has a proven record in maintaining the fair and impartial administration of justice. As a combat veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, Judge Scionti brings his own military service and experience to the bench in helping address the challenges facing veterans suffering from mental health and substance use disorders, and in doing so has developed the Veterans Treatment Court into a national model problem-solving court.
Judge Scionti is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he has served since 2000. Judge Scionti currently serves as the Commander of the 139th Legal Operations Detachment and has served multiple overseas tours of duty as a military magistrate and rule of law advisor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As a military magistrate, Judge Scionti presided over military-commissioned tribunals of suspected enemy prisoners of war, unlawful combatants, and international terrorists.
Among his military honors, Judge Scionti has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Judge Scionti lives in Tampa with his wife, Zsuzsanna Scionti, M.D., and their two dogs, General and JoJo.