Important Update

 

JURY TRIALS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

Chief Judge Marx has announced that the Circuit will hold a limited number of jury trials in October and November. The Clerk of Court will summons citizens of Palm Beach County for jury service over the next couple of weeks. If you are summoned, please know that the Circuit is working with the County, the Clerk of Court, and the Sheriff’s Office to ensure the safety of those who are called to serve on a jury. Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) will be provided to each juror, the courtrooms are outfitted with plexiglass, and social distancing will be enforced. Please use the attached link to see the safeguards implemented by the Circuit .

The Courts have remained open during the pandemic. Court staff, the public, and the judges have been kept safe from the virus because of the use of PPEs and the County’s regular cleaning schedule. Hearings have continued to be held primarily via remote technology. However, some essential hearings are being held in-person. Please contact the clerk of court if you are unsure as to how to access your court event (561-355-2996). Also, see Administrative Order 12.510 for details related to court events.

Masks are required for everyone entering a courthouse. At the courthouse front door, each person’s temperature will be taken in a non-intrusive manner. Persons with a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter. Additionally, persons who wish to enter a courthouse must be able to answer “no” to the Florida Supreme Court COVID-19 health and safety questions:

  1. Have you recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19?
  2. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19, are you waiting for test results, or do you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19?
  3. Have you recently traveled from somewhere out the United States or on a cruise ship?
  4. Are you under instructions to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19?

Persons who can answer “yes” to any of the questions are prohibited from entering.

General questions may be addressed to DOats@pbcgov.org. Jury questions may be addressed to clerkweb@mypalmbeachclerk.com

Press Release from Chief Judge Marx - October 5, 2020

Court Updates Concerning Coronavirus

The Courthouses are Open
ALL PERSONS ENTERING A COURTHOUSE MUST WEAR A MASK

The Judges of the 15th Circuit remain available in all divisions to have your non-essential matters heard remotely Monday-Friday. Please see the judicial instructions for information on setting hearings.

Persons interested in attending a remote hearing must contact the Circuit's Public Information Officer at: 561-355-4495. See Administrative Order 12.510 for more details.

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Announcements

Jury Trials in October and November

Chief Judge Marx has announced that the Circuit will hold a limited number of jury trials in October and November. The Clerk of Court will summons citizens of Palm Beach County for jury service over the next couple of weeks.
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NEW: Traffic-Conditional Plea of No Contest and Waiver of Appearance

The Court is accepting written Conditional Pleas of No Contest and Waiver of Appearance in traffic cases.

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Mediation Week

Chief Justice Canady has proclaimed the week of October 11 through 17, 2020, Mediation Week. Please join us in celebrating the success of our Alternative Dispute Resolution staff mediators, volunteer mediators, and contractual mediators.
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The Courthouses are Open

ALL PERSONS ENTERING A COURTHOUSE MUST WEAR A MASK

The Judges of the 15th Circuit remain available in all divisions to have your non-essential matters heard remotely Monday-Friday. Please see the judicial instructions for information on setting hearings. More info