February 8, 2017
Joyce Shaw, et al., v Mark Hunter, sheriff, etc., et al.
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Hamilton County

Ms. Shaw sued Sheriff Hunter of Columbia County after a traffic accident in Hamilton County. The suit alleged that a deputy in Sheriff Hunter’s agency rear-ended the car Ms.
Shaw was driving. Sheriff Hunter argued that because the suit was against him in his official capacity it had to be filed in Columbia County under his home venue privilege.
The trial court disagreed but the First District Court overturned the trial court. Ms. Shaw argued the decision by the 1st DCA is in conflict with decisions by the Fifth District Court
of Appeal and this Court as well.