Judge Paul Militello grew up in Brooksville, Florida, where he graduated High School in 1983. Paul graduated from the University of Florida in 1992 with his law degree.
Paul started with the prosecutor’s office in 1993, working for State Attorney Brad King. As an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, (Citrus, Sumter, Hernando, Marion, and Lake Counties) Paul’s successful career as a prosecutor saw him handling all types of serious felony cases including Homicides. During those years, Paul developed a reputation as an ethical, hardworking and prepared prosecutor who sought justice for victims of crime.
In 1997, Paul ventured into private practice, eventually opening his own firm in neighboring Citrus County. Paul enjoyed great success in private practice until in 2016 he was honored to be appointed as Sumter County Court Judge by Governor Rick Scott.
Paul didn’t slow down once he was appointed, He hit the ground running, continuing to work hard, conservatively follow the law, and fairly rule on all matters after making sure both sides have an opportunity to be heard.
Judge Militello handles all misdemeanors, small claims, landlord-tenant evictions, and traffic court, Paul has also worked hard to help create Sumter County’s first Veteran’s Treatment Court, and reinstitute a Drug Treatment Court.
Paul and Sandy reside in Oxford. Sandy works as a nurse at the Villages Hospital. Paul has two adult children Sam, 22 and Molly, 19. Sam is pursuing a Management degree in Gainesville, with an eye on a legal career and Molly currently attends UF as an Honor student in the Engineering program.