Please read Divisional Instructions for hearing information.
Hearing materials for the judge to read in preparation must be sent (via U.S. Mail, courier, or hand delivery to the courthouse) in hard copy at least 5 days prior to the hearing. COURTHOUSE ADDRESS: 205 North Dixie Highway, 10th Floor, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Please upload all proposed orders to the online system (for division AA).
Mailed-in paper orders are NO LONGER ENTERED MANUALLY.
Judicial Assistant, Email: KColbath@pbcgov.org
(Please DO NOT use the CAD-DivisionAA Email address to contact the J.A., this inbox is not reviewed on a frequent basis.)
Differentiated Case Management
In reference to the Order Implementing Differentiated Case Management Plan Designating Case to a (Streamline/Expedited/General) Track, Order Setting Calendar Call and Case Management Conference and Directing Pretrial Procedures that may have been previously issued by the Court. Please be advised there is NO appearance required for the Calendar Call and Case Management Conference. Rather, the Court is requesting the parties confer and complete the attached Case Management Conference/E-Calendar Call Form and E-mail it to KColbath@pbcgov.org on or before the scheduled Calendar Call and Case Management Conference date noted in Section II of the referenced Order Implementing Differentiated Case Management Plan Designating Case to a Track, Order Setting Calendar Call and Case Management Conference and Directing Pretrial Procedures.
Uniform Motion Calendar Hearings are conducted REMOTELY VIA ZOOM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
All UMC hearings in Division AA at this time will be held via Zoom. When scheduling a UMC hearing on the Online Scheduling System, a Zoom link will be provided. Please include the Zoom information in place of Courtroom 10C on your Notices of Hearing for UMC.
Zoom Meeting Information
Meeting ID: 882 1173 5733
- US Toll-free 877-853-5257
- US Toll-free 888-475-4499
Divisional Instructions for Division AA
IN RE: Mitigating Measures In Response To Covid-19 To Easily Enable Telephonic Or Video Hearings, Or Rulings Solely On The Papers
The following shall be implemented in Division AA pursuant to Administrative Order No.: 12.510-03/2020.4*
- Unless the parties stipulate otherwise, with the exception of hearings set on Fridays, as set forth in the Administrative Order, all scheduled hearings in Division AA will remain pending. Absent a stipulation, parties may move to reschedule the hearing, and the Court will promptly consider the request. (A copy of all such requests should be sent to KColbath@pbcgov.org.)
- During the duration of Administrative Order No.: 12.510-03/2020.4*, all hearings will be conducted via ZOOM using the Division AA Static Link (Meeting I.D. 882 1173 5733 - no passcode is required). Telephone Conference via Zoom is 888-799-9666. This requirement applies to pro se litigants as well as attorneys. The Notice of Hearing must include the Zoom access information.
- All papers upon which the parties intend to rely for their scheduled hearings must be filed with the court in advance of the hearing. The parties must submit all documents which they intend to reference during the hearing 4 days in advance by U.S. mail or express delivery to the courthouse. A hard copy of any documents or hearing materials that the Judge is to review in preparation for a hearing need to be mailed (via U.S. Mail) or delivered to the Judge's office
- For evidentiary hearings and non-jury trials, the parties should stipulate to the admissibility of evidence for which the admissibility is not reasonably contested. The parties shall provide copies of all intended exhibits, evidence or demonstratives properly labeled to the Court in advance via U.S. Mail or express delivery.
- If witnesses will be called to give testimony, the Court requires that such appearances be pre-arranged with a teleconference provider as in paragraph 2 above or via video with an appropriate provider. Per Justice Canady's Administrative Order (3-13-2020), all rules of procedure, court orders and opinions applicable to court procedure that limit or prohibit the use of communication equipment for conducting proceedings by electronic means are suspended from the March 13-27, 2020. Moreover, this A.O.'s time period may be extended by Justice Canady.
- To the extent possible, court reporters will also utilize a teleconference or video conference provider to cover hearings/non-jury trials. The Court will administer the oath, or oaths are to be administered in accord with Justice Canady's A.O.
- The parties are encouraged to submit any motions to the Court that they mutually agree the Court may address based solely upon the papers and thereby waive oral argument.
- Any motions to assist fair, timely, effective and efficient efforts suggesting procedures to use to address necessary issues for your respective cases during the current outbreak are strongly encouraged by the Court. It is the intention of the Court to enable and facilitate telephone or video hearings in a practical manner or to allow rulings on the papers when acceptable to the parties. Above all, though, the Court wishes to provide for the administration of justice without risking anyone's safety.
Most QUESTIONS can be answered by reading the Divisional Instructions herein. For case-specific questions the best way to contact the Judicial Assistant is via email at KColbath@pbcgov.org.
There is no remote or in-person appearance for Calendar Calls follow instructions on the "Procedures for E-Calendar call" attached to the Trial Order.
Trial Dockets for 2024 and 2025 are now posted on the Trial Docket page.
Instructions for Service of Orders to the Court
- Agreed orders and orders requested by the Judge from a prior hearing should be submitted through the Online Services System (in Word format). VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE INCLUDE A COVER LETTER AS AN ATTACHMENT STATING THAT ALL PARTIES HAVE REVIEWED THE PROPOSED ORDER AND DO NOT OBJECT TO THE FORM OF THE ORDER.
- If the order being submitted is regarding a hearing held in open court, the date of the hearing must be included in the first sentence of the order.
- Attorneys must be in agreement of the Order(s) being submitted to the Court prior to it being uploaded to the online system. If parties are NOT in agreement to the Order(s) then counsel/parties shall submit a cover letter stating the issue(s) and their competing Proposed Order(s) for the Court to review. DO NOT UPLOAD A PROPOSED ORDER(S) UNTIL AFTER THE HEARING DATE.
- Documents submitted which require service to a pro se party must indicate that the moving party is required to furnish the order via US Mail.
Local Rule 4
The Court expects strict compliance with Local Rule 4.
Prior to setting a matter for hearing, the party or attorney noticing the motion/matter shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve. All notices of hearing for matters scheduled for hearing shall set forth directly above the signature block, the below certifications without modification and shall designate with a check mark or other marking the specific certification which applies:
Counsel has conferred with all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion in a good faith effort to resolve or narrow the issues raised.
Counsel has made reasonable efforts to confer with all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion but has been unable to do so.
Online Scheduling System
Uniform Motion Calendar hearings must be set using the Division AA Online Scheduling System. Use of this system requires a user ID and password. Please see the link to the instructions on the Court Web Applications page. Technical questions regarding the system should be directed to CAD-WEB@pbcgov.org. The Judicial Assistant is not able to answer technical questions.
UNIFORM MOTION CALENDAR ("UMC") hearings are set online (see "Divisional Instructions" for further details). Please send a courtesy copy of the motion and notice in hard copy for the judge's review prior to the hearing. To cancel a UMC hearing, please go to the UMC scheduling page (i.e., as if you were setting the hearing), and there will be an option to cancel.
Special Set Hearings
If 15 or 30 minutes is required for a special set hearing there may or may not be availability to set on the Online Scheduling System. If there is availability, once the hearing time has been obtained from the system, an order setting the hearing will be generated. The order is then sent for signature and e-served through the Online Scheduling System. Please note that Special set hearings are set by court ORDER, not by Notice of Hearing.
If there are no Special Set Hearing times available online, counsel may e-mail the judicial assistant at KColbath@pbcgov.org with a request for special set hearing dates. All parties must be copied on this email request.
The E-Mail Request Must Include The Following Information:
In the SUBJECT LINE of the Email: CASE NAME AND CASE NUMBER.
In the body of the Email:
- MOTION BEING SET - Complete Caption
- DOCKET ENTRY NUMBER of MOTION
- HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR THE HEARING
For lengthy hearings (i.e., more than 30 minutes) email a letter to email@example.com specifying the amount of time requested. Include a courtesy copy of the motion(s). The hearing will be placed on a docket for calendar call and an order will be generated by the Court.
Division AA is currently e-serving orders prepared by the Court to attorneys or pro se litigant(s) that have registered their primary and secondary e-mail addresses with the Fifteenth Circuit. Please make sure you are registered for judicial e-service in the 15th Circuit. Orders submitted by attorneys shall be submitted with sufficient copies and self-addressed stamped envelopes for the parties not registered. Please ensure that primary and secondary email addresses are registered with Court Administration via the Court Online Services. See Administrative Order 2.310.
Please note: the filing of a "notice of e-mail designation" does not register you for judicial e-service; you must register on the 15th circuit's website. Failure to register may result in orders being sent by default to the e-mail address on file with the Florida Bar. Please be advised that the Judicial Assistant is unable to remove, unable to add, and unable to change any certificate of service from any Court file. The email information/addresses are collected from the State's E-Portal filings and the email addresses entered by the Clerk of Court into their database. Please contact both the Clerk of Court and the State's E-Portal site to be removed from the service list in this case.
PLEASE SEE "DIVISIONAL INSTRUCTIONS" for detailed procedural information for Division "AA".