AB DIVISIONAL NEWS (effective until further notice)
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 AB will remain pending as scheduled. Special set hearings will proceed telephonically as scheduled unless cancellation is requested by the parties. If there is agreement of the parties to cancel a special set hearing or the request is by the scheduling party, please contact Judge Keyser's JA for further direction. Uniform Motion Calendar hearings are scheduled by and between the parties and the JA does not need to be contacted regarding cancellation.
- During the duration of Administrative Order No.: 12.510-03/2020.4*, all hearings will be conducted via telephone and must be pre-arranged with a telephone conference provider. This requirement applies to pro se litigants as well as attorneys. Telephone conference providers include Court Call* (888-882-6878/courtcall.com) and CourtScribes (833-727-4237 ext 3). Parties may utilize vendors or their own conference call provider. If using a teleconference provider that does not automatically provide a dial-in number, the Notice of Hearing must include the number and passcode that the Court will use to initiate the call at the time of the hearing.
- All papers upon which the parties intend to rely for their scheduled hearings must be filed in advance of the hearing. If the papers do not appear on the docket, the parties must submit all documents which they intend to reference during the hearing 48 hours in advance through E-courtesy at 15thcircuit.com. Hard copies of documents, binders, etc., will not be accepted by this office until further notice.
- 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 to the Court in advance through E-courtesy at 15thcircuit.com.
- If witnesses will be called to give testimony, the Court requires that such appearances be pre-arranged with a teleconference or video provider. Pursuant to 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 March 13-27, 2020. 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.
*If using Court Call, no further notice to the Court is necessary. Court Call will provide the information to the Judge's office prior to the hearing.
(Please continue to monitor this announcement for further updates.)
Division AB is now communicating via the CAD box at CAD-Division AB or by calling 561-355-2097. Proposed Orders are to be submitted via the JVS on-line scheduling system. (See blue rectangle box below.)
See below for information regarding scheduling of hearings. ALL OTHER DIVISIONAL INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND ON THE DIVISIONAL INSTRUCTIONS PAGE. (Look to the right.)
Scheduling of Hearings
This division uses online scheduling for all hearings (including Uniform Motion Calendar). 15-minute and 30-minute special set motions are set by ORDER (see "Divisional Forms & Orders"). Each case may take only one time slot per day. For hearings requiring more than 30 minutes, please see "Divisional Instructions".
All pretrial motions, including Motions in Limine, shall be scheduled in the ordinary course to be heard prior to calendar call. Please note that due to the volume of cases in this division, it usually takes approximately 60 days to get a special set hearing. Please plan accordingly.
Please see "Divisional Instructions" for further information.