C Divisional News

Please Take Notice - COVID-19 Procedures

New Zoom Information

Effective WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2021, the ZOOM link for Division C (morning and afternoon dockets) will be the same every day. Please make a note of it and feel free to share with anyone who would like to appear remotely. It is as follows:

Meeting Link:Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 824 2752 1203

Dial by your location:

  • US Toll-free 877-853-5257
  • US Toll-free 888-475-4499

Division C is following the most recent Administrative Order of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court AOSC20-23 (In Re: Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures for the Florida Trial Courts) and A.O. 12.510 (In Re: Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19).  Currently, the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit is in a modified Phase Two of resuming normal court operations. Accordingly, pursuant to those Orders, all cases in Division C shall be handled as follows:

ESSENTIAL and NON-ESSENTIAL Hearings.

With the exception of Case Dispositions and Arraignments that are set by the Clerk, any party wishing to set an ESSENTIAL or NON-ESSENTIAL hearing a must do so by by contacting the Judicial Assistant, Carey Helmes, at 561.355.2330. Only cases that are special set by the court will be heard.  Cases will be heard in court or remotely utilizing Zoom in accordance with the most current Administrative Orders.

In-Court Plea Hearings

The Court conducts a limited number of In-Court Plea hearings generally Monday thru Friday at 8:15 a.m.  The presence of both the Defendant and counsel (if represented) are required unless otherwise ordered by the Court.  All such hearings must be special set following the procedures as outlined above and in accordance with the procedures set forth in the most recent Administrative Orders. Once a date is provided by the Court, please file the appropriate Notice of Hearing.

Pleas in Absentia

The Court accepts pleas in absentia.  All required forms (Plea form, Waiver of Rights and original fingerprints where required), in support of a Plea in Absentia must be executed and submitted to Chambers. Once these documents are received our office will contact the parties to schedule a hearing.  Please note that filing these documents with the Clerk is insufficient.  They must be submitted directly to Chambers.

Div C Calendar Call & Jury Trial Dates (May & June, 2021)

The following are the scheduled Calendar Call dates for Jury Trials for Division C.  All times for Calendar Calls are 10:30 a.m. over Zoom.  Jury Trials begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. in Courtroom 4D:

Friday, April 23, for May 11, 2021 Jury Trials.*

Friday, May 7, 2021 for May 18, 2021 Jury Trials.*

Friday May 14, 2021 for May 25, 2021 Jury Trials.*

Friday, May 28, 2021 for June 8, 2021 Jury Trials*

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 for June 15, 2021 Jury Trials* (Add-on)

Friday, June 4, 2021 for June 22, 2021 Jury Trials*

Friday, June 18, 2021 for June 29, 2021 Jury Trials*

Friday, June 25, 2021 for TBD*

There are no Jury Trials scheduled for the weeks of May 4, and May 31, 2021

*Please note these dates and times are subject to change based upon any amendments to the Supreme Court and Fifteenth Circuit Administrative Orders.

Miscellaneous

The presence of a defendant is not required unless ordered by the Court.

Please email courtesy copies of all pleadings, motions, notices and memorandum to CAD-DivisionC@pbcgov.org at least two (2) days before any scheduled hearing for the Court's review. Documents and/or exhibits that a party wishes to use and/or introduce into evidence during any hearing that is conducted remotely must be received by the Court and all opposing parties no later than three (3) days prior to the scheduled hearing date.

Persons who are interested in appearing in remote proceedings may do so by contacting the Court's Public Information Office, Debra Oates, at 561.355.4495 or 561.644.0054 to obtain an access line or by contacting the Judicial Assistant.

Submit proposed agreed orders to reset any case along with a waiver of speedy trial to the Division C email CAD-DivisionC@pbcgov.org

Thank you for your cooperation.


Judge August Bonavita presides over County Criminal Division C in Courtroom 4D in the Main Judicial Courthouse, 205 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Division C email: CAD-DivisionC@pbcgov.org.

Please see Divisional Instructions for Judge Bonavita's court procedures (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED)

Standing Order Regarding Defendants Not to be Transported for Case Disposition Hearings and Status Checks