Orange County used to be a sleepy relatively unknown county in the middle of the State of Florida. In fact, it was originally called Mosquito County. However after years of development it is now home to some of the world’s most famous theme parks and amusement rides. Orlando is the most populated city but is not considered to be part of the greater Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area. As of 2010, Orange County enjoyed a population of over 1 million people.
Orange County and Osceola Counties are part of Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. The Orange County Courthouse located on 425 North Orange Avenue in Orlando provides judicial services to Orange County. The Orange County Courthouse is a 23 level building with state of the art courtrooms. By contrast, neighboring Osceola County is home to the oldest Courthouse in the State of Florida that is currently being used. The Osceola County Courthouse was built in 1887. The primary law enforcement in Orange Country is the Orange Country Sherriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department.
Our Orange Country injury law firm has represented many people who have been injured at one of Orlando’s theme parks, hotels, restaurants or driving along the notorious Interstate 4 (I-4) that bisects the State of Florida from Tampa to Daytona Beach.
I-4 is was one of Florida’s very first Interstate Highways. I-4 is a 132 mile route that passes through the eastern portions of Hillsborough Country, crossing Polk County and intersects downtown Orlando. I-4 is a particularly dangerous place to drive in Orange Country because it links Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios and the Orange County Convention Center to Florida’s Turnpike. While I-4 technically travels in a north to south direction, the exits in Orange County are generally named according to an east-west orientation. This causes enormous confusion and often dangerous accidents to those who are unfamiliar with driving in Orange County.
Unincorporated Orange County is home to a number of Florida’s most beautiful towns such as Windermere, Maitland, Bay Lake, Lake Buena Vista and Winter Park. Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando and is home to Rollins College, and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.