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Circuit Civil Division AD email address: CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org
Circuit Civil Division AD mailing address: Attn. Presiding Judge/ Circuit Civil Division AD, 205 N. Dixie Highway, Suite 9.1204, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Circuit Civil Division AD courtroom: COURTROOM 9B
The hurricane season (in the Atlantic) is a period that typically runs from June 1 through November 1 (and may continue through November 30, 2022). Therefore, during the season, please be reminded of the Court's emergency hotline (561) 355-6744 to call for any updates issued as to court closures and the like.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 3.202-10/2023 - Motions to Compel Discovery or for Protective from Discovery. No motions to compel discovery or for protection from discovery will be heard unless the notice of hearing bears the certificate of moving counsel that opposing counsel has been contacted and a good faith attempt has been made to resolve the discovery dispute without a hearing.
Civil Differentiated Case Management
At the direction of the Florida Supreme Court and the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Division AD is implementing Civil Differentiated Case Managment which applies to all civil cases (with some exception) governed by Administrative Order, which Civil Differentiated Case Management will require parties to civil cases to confer and agree on a case track and certain management deadlines and model timeframes as governed by Administrative Order. See also AD Forms and Orders.
- In accordance with this directive, the DCM Agreed Case Management Plan and the DCM Order Approving Case Management Plan are filed as two separate documents in the Court file (hence two separate concurrent submissions to the Court for consideration and entry through the Court's online services system prior to processing). The DCM Agreed Case Management Plans shall be submitted to the Court in PDF format as a separate attachment from the proposed DCM Order Approving Case Management Plan. The DCM Order Approving Case Management Plan shall be submitted to the Court for entry in Microsoft Word format. See Administrative Order 3.107 and Administrative Order 3.108.
- Deadlines and pre-trial requirements set by a DCMO shall be strictly enforced and only extended for good cause and in accordance with Administrative Order 3.110.
- Motions for continuance (of a trial that is set by a DCMA) shall be set for a "DCM Case Management Conference" in accord with Administrative Order 3.110. A Joint Status Report in accordance with Administrative Order 3.110 also must be filed with the Clerk no less than 10 days in advance of the "DCM Case Management Conference".
DCM Case Management Conferences shall be set on the Court's Uniform Motion Calendar (Tues., Wed., or Thurs. at 8:30 a.m.) unless otherwise directed. Please ensure that the date selected does not fall on a suspension date. See Suspension Calendar.
2024 Calendar Call - Jury / Non-Jury Trial Docket Schedule is as follows:
|e-Calendar Call Dates
|Jury/ Non-Jury Trial Docket Period
|December 22, 2023
|January 8- February 9, 2024
|January 26, 2024
|February 5-March 29, 2024
|March 15, 2024
|March 25-May 17, 2024
|May 3, 2024
|May 13- July 5, 2024
|June 21, 2024
|July 1-August 23, 2024
|August 9, 2024
|August 19-October 11, 2023
|September 27, 2024
|October 7-November 29, 2024
|November 15, 2024
|November 25-December 20, 2024
CALENDAR CALL: Calendar Call is conducted solely by the submission of one joint e-Calendar Call Form. Counsel and/or the parties do not appear in person or remotely by zoom. Counsel/ parties confer, complete, and submit one joint E-Calendar Call Form to the Court at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org on the scheduled date of Calendar Call no later than 4:00 p.m. EST.
UNIFORM MOTION CALENDAR in Circuit Civil Division AD is held remotely by zoom using the following zoom instructions:
Meeting Passcode: 191445
- US Toll-free 877-853-5257
- US Toll-free 888-475-4499
Uniform Motion Calendar starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. UMC hearings are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (with exception to court suspension dates). Cases scheduled on the UMC calendar are called by the Judge in the order determined by the Judge. Out of courtesy, and during the UMC calendar hearing session, please mute your audio until your case is called. The timing of when the Judge will call your case cannot be determined; however, counsel/ parties shall wait remotely until such time the Court calls up your case and starts the hearing.
The following matters SHALL NOT be noticed for UMC, but shall be specially set for hearing:
- Motions for Contempt
- Motions for Sanctions
- Motions for Attorneys' Fees
- Motions for Rehearing and/or Reconsideration (these motions are only set upon approval of the Court)
- Contested Motions for Summary Judgment
- Motions to Approve Settlement of Minor's Claim
- Any motions requiring evidence to be taken or findings to be made by the Court, unless expressly permitted herein
- Any hearing of any nature reasonably requiring more than five (5) minutes per side to argue
Motions for [Disbursement of] Surplus Funds can be set for hearing on the Uniform Motion Calendar. However, any contested evidentiary hearings that will take more than 10 minutes (five minutes reserved for each side), should be set for a special set hearing (15 minutes or 30 minutes timeframe) pursuant to the divisional instructions on setting specially set hearings.
If counsel represents the party, counsel must set motions for Surplus Funds for hearing with notice to all parties. The Notice must contain the following language:
If you have received this order setting hearing, and you may be entitled to any surplus funds, you must file a Motion/Claim for Surplus, with the Clerk, within ten (10) days of the date of this order and mail a copy to the undersigned Judge at the address above and notice to all parties. Your claim will be heard at the above date and time. IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A TIMELY CLAIM, YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAINING FUNDS.
If you are a homeowner and not represented by counsel, a form can be found at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. At the search bar enter OWNER'S CLAIM FOR MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SURPLUS. This form must be notarized and filed with the Clerk and Comptroller. The Judge will set the hearing after the Clerk and Comptroller provides notice to the Judge's chambers and will notice all parties. Any contested evidentiary hearings taking more than 10 minutes (five (5) minutes each side) should be set for a special set hearing, otherwise most Motions for Surplus can be scheduled for Uniform Motion Calendar pursuant to the divisional instructions.
When seeking a hearing date on the uniform motion calendar, please check Circuit Civil Division AD's suspension calendar, including court holiday and suspension dates, prior to coordinating and setting any hearings in the Division as these calendars may be change from time to time.
Cancellation of Uniform Motion Calendar Hearings: If cancelling a UMC hearing, please go online and cancel the hearing through the Court's online scheduling/servicing system. If you are indeed cancelling your UMC hearing, please file the complement Notice of Cancellation with the Clerk of Court with copies of that Notice to the associated parties and the Court at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org for proper and timely notice.
Submission of Orders:
- Agreed orders and orders that comport with the Court's ruling after a hearing must be submitted electronically through the *Court's Online Services system for entry unless otherwise directed by the Court.
- All orders should include an accurate and complete service list. See Administrative Order 2.306.
- No order or judgment shall contain a signature page that does not include a portion of the text of the order or judgment. Please check and preview your documents before submitting your orders online and/or otherwise. See Administrative Order 3.204.
The Court's Online Services system requires a user ID/password to access the Court's online calendar and to utilize online scheduling. If you are interested in registering with the Court's Online Services system, please review the Online Services page. See also: Administration Order 2.310
The filing of a "Notice of E-Mail Designation" does not automatically register parties for Judicial E-Service. Persons must register his/her primary and secondary email addresses with the 15th Circuit through Online Services to participate in the Online Scheduling System and Judicial E-Service. Failure to register may result in orders being sent by default to (an) the email address on file with The Florida Bar. Do not add a party's email to documents if he/she is not registered for Online Services (e.g. pro se parties) unless he/she has opted in or registered with the Court for online services. If a party is not registered for online services/ judicial e-service, parties are required to submit all proposed orders via U.S. Mail with sufficient copies and self-addressed stamped envelopes for all parties to be properly served; unless that non-registered party has filed and registered a written designation for e-service of all court documents. See Administrative Order 2.310. If a party is no longer involved in the case, he/she shall immediately update his/her profile and follow the necessary steps to remove his/her email from the Clerk and the Court's systems.
FYI: Changes to Redaction of Confidential Information Now in Effect. As of July 1, 2021 all filers of circuit civil, county civil, and small claims court documents are now solely responsible for ensuring that confidential information is redacted or is identified for redaction. See the Florida Supreme Court amended Rule 2.420. See also Changes to Redaction of Confidential Information Now in Effect
E-Service Option for Service by Email
The Court sends copies of Court Orders (entered in your case) to the registered counsel/ parties of record at their designated and registered email addresses through the Court's online services. All parties are responsible for updating their email and mailing addresses with the Court; whether through the Clerk of Court and/or, if registered for e-service, through the Circuit Court's online services system. Unregistered parties, including pro se litigants, are encouraged to ensure that their mailing address is current in the court file, and those who have access to email are encouraged to consider an email designation to receive copies by email. Unregistered parties, including pro se litigants, may fill out and file with the Clerk the appropriate email designation form to select this option, which option may avoid any delay in receipt of these copies by U.S. mail. See Administrative Order 2.310 (Service by Email). See also our Court Technology Page
E-Courtesy: Judge Goodman does not accept "E-Courtesy" of materials
- Materials up to 10 pages may be accepted via the division email at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org; including the date and time of the hearing and/or matter.
- Materials in excess of 10 pages shall be submitted by U.S. Mail or by courier service to the main courthouse to be deposited in the "Judges' Box" located on the first floor/main lobby of the Main Courthouse.
- Motions must be filed and docketed prior to reserving and/or scheduling a hearing with the Court.
- ALL COMMMUNICATIONS TO THE COURT SHALL BE COPIED TO ALL COUNSEL/ PARTIES OF RECORD.
- Effective July 1, 2019: Section 45.031 and Section 45.032, Florida Statutes have been amended with corrective language as to Final Judgment, Publication of Sale, and Disbursement of Proceeds. See also Administrative Order 3.316-12/17.
- All Motions to Cancel and/or Reschedule a Sale Date are set for hearing on UMC Calendar and must be set prior to the scheduled date of sale. See Administrative Order 3.301-5/21.
Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem/ Administrator Ad Litem is assigned by the Court using a wheel system for appointing pre-approved attorneys. DO NOT send any orders with names of attorneys who are not pre-approved attorneys. When preparing the Order, the section for appointment shall be blank for the Court to insert a name, address, and telephone number upon appointment.
Limited Availability of Hearing Time for Special Set Hearings
Due to limited availability of hearing time for special set hearings, each case may take only one time slot per day. If more than one party attempts to schedule a hearing on the same case online and/or if there is already a hearing set on that case on that day, the second hearing may be cancelled by the Court. If there are no dates showing on the Court's online calendar, counsel may come before the Court during Uniform Motion Calendar to obtain a special set hearing date or submit a written request to the Court for the Court's consideration furthermore at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org. Please ensure that all counsel/parties of record are copied to the request, including the name of the motion(s), the file date of the motion(s), the amount of time needed for reservation, and a mutually agreeable timeframe when the parties would like to obtain a reservation. The Court determines all special set hearing dates and will determine whether additional availability will be provided. Upon the Court's determination on availability online or as otherwise, the judicial assistant will respond to these requests accordingly with instructions for setting the hearing to calendar.
Strict Compliance with Local Rule 4
Prior to setting a matter on the Uniform Motion Calendar and Special Set Hearings, counsel and/or parties noticing the matter shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify a good faith attempt to resolve the matter. All notices of hearing scheduled on the UMC Calendar shall set forth directly above the signature block, the below certifications without modification. See Local Rule 4.
Ex Parte Communication
The Court cannot and will not accept any ex parte communication/ personal correspondence on a case. If you have a matter to bring to the Court's attention, please file the proper Motion with the Clerk of Court, and provide/serve a copy of said Motion to all parties and/or counsel in the case. Pro Se Litigants may go to www.mypalmbeachclerk.com to seek information on locations of Self-Help Centers and other resources to assist him/her in understanding the Court's procedures and in obtaining proper forms and information on filing the proper motion.