FI and II Divisional News

Court Suspensions

UMC hearings are suspended on April 26, 2022, April 27, 2022 and April 28, 2022.

All court is suspended on May 10, 2022 and May 11, 2022

UMC hearings are suspended on July 25, 2022, July 26, 2022, July 27, 2022 and July 28, 2022.

Court is suspended  April 25, 2022 through and including April 29, 2022.

Coronavirus Update

As of June 1, 2020 UMC hearings shall be conducted Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 8:45 am. All UMC hearings shall be scheduled in the OLS system.

Judge Miller is available to provide the attorney's and the public with continuous access to the Family Court. The Court is able to assist the parties by hearing any issue that may be helpful in resolving your case.

The  Zoom platform shall be used for UMC hearings.  The Judicial Assistant shall be contacted (561-624-6687) to get a Zoom ID and Zoom password.   UMC HEARINGS SHOULD BE SCHEDULED IN OLS PRIOR TO CONTACTING THE JUDICIAL ASSISTANT.  You may email the divisional to request Zoom information.  Please include the case number, the date and time you are setting the UMC hearing.

The Zoom ID and Password must be included in the Notice of Hearing.

Please send a copy of the Notice of Hearing to the Divisional E-Mail address. (

Divisional Email Addresses

For Family Law Division "FI" and Probate Law Division "II":

Please Note: Video Conferencing

Judge Miller is hearing all UMC matters by Video Conference using Zoom. Even if you do not have video capability, Zoom provides a toll free telephone number to appear by audio. It is very important that the moving party provides our office with the email address of all participants so that we can send a link to the video conference and telephone information. In addition, you may continue to appear by telephone using CourtCall or any other service of your choosing. However we have no control over the fee's charged by these services. If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you will have to download the Zoom app to your device.

Remember, If you are the moving party, you should forward all email addresses of the lawyers or pro se parties to the Court so that all parties can receive a Zoom link directly. Until further Order, you may schedule uncontested Dissolution of Marriage final hearings.  If an evidentiary hearing is required, you and opposing counsel must contact the judicial assistant by phone for available dates and times prior to setting the hearing.

Please refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Website for the courts latest updates regarding COVID-19 impact on the court.

Uncontested Dissolutions of Marriage

Uncontested Dissolutions of Marriage can be heard by video conference.

Evidentiary Hearings

Evidentiary hearings cannot be handled remotely.  Please contact Judge Miller's office if you desire to schedule an evidentiary hearing. If you believe that your case requires emergency action pursuant to Family Admin. Order 5.203-1/17 or Probate Admin. Order 6.104-11/14, you should file the appropriate motion in writing.

If all parties agree, Judge Miller may rule on any motions based on the written pleadings and responses without the necessity of a hearing.

Circuit Approved Video Appearance Vendors

Company Website Phone Email
CourtCall 1-888-88-COURT
CourtScribes 1-833-727-4237 ext.3
Visual Evidence 561-655-2855 (Scheduling)
800-464-8638 (Tech Support)
561-596-8108 (After hours/cell)

Important Update

Family / Probate / Guardianship Standing Order for Hearing Types to Continue Remotely

In Conjunction with Florida Supreme Court AOSC21-17, and the Local Administrative Order 12.515, the Family/ Probate and Guardianship Divisions in this Circuit will continue to conduct the following non-essential court proceedings by remote electronic means until further order of the Court.

  1. Family Divisions
    1. UMC Hearings
    2. Lack of Prosecution hearings
    3. Case Management, Status Check and Calendar Call hearings
    4. Uncontested final hearings for self-represented litigants
    5. Contested final hearings for self-represented litigants may continue to be heard via Zoom unless otherwise objected to by the parties.
    6. Notice of Contest hearings
    7. Post Judgment simple motion hearings for self-represented litigants
  2. Probate/Guardianship Divisions
    1. UMC hearings
    2. Emergency Temporary Guardianship hearings
    3. Incapacity Hearings
    4. Guardianship Contempt Hearings
    5. Lack of Prosecution hearings
    6. Case Management, Status Check and Calendar Call hearings
    7. Do Not Resuscitate Preliminary hearings

Probate Checklists Now Available

Digital Probate Checklists are now available in the 15th Circuit's Online Services System ("OLS").

Digital Checklists eliminate the need to schedule ex-parte hearings, or even come to the courthouse.

Additionally, they limit the constant flow of paper back and forth between the probate divisions and the case managers.

Digital Checklists also comply with Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC19-74.

All lawyers are encouraged to use Digital Checklists now to help identify any technical or operational issues prior to the hard launch date, after which they will be the required method of submission.

How Does It Work?

To Submit an Order:

As an example, below are the steps to submit an Order for Testate Summary Administration

  • Log into the 15th Circuit's OLS
  • In OLS, create the appropriate order one of three ways:
    1. Click on the "Submit Order From Template" button;
      • Select the Generic Order template, and type in the text of your order; or
    2. If you have previously drafted the order in Word offline, cut and paste the order text into the body of the Generic Order template.
      • Follow the instructions on the screen and complete.
      • Click "Submit" to send the order to the judge.
    3. In OLS, click the "Submit Proposed Order" button;
      • Browse your computer and select, then upload the order;
      • Review the document and make any format adjustments necessary prior to submission.
      • Follow the instructions on the screen to submit the order to the court.

To Submit a Digital Probate Checklist:

  • In OLS, click on the "Submit Order From Template" button;
  • Select the appropriate probate checklist from the dropdown menu.
  • Populate the checklist completely and accurately.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen and complete.
  • Click "Submit" to send the order to the judge.
  • Please Note: If you are submitting an Order for Discharge and a digital checklist, you must still obtain the Probate Closing Checklist from the Clerk.

We realize that the current paper process can cause delays in processing these orders, which impacts families at the worst time when they are dealing with the death of a loved one. Digital Checklists are intended to expedite the receiving, processing, filing and service of these orders.

For additional information on court provided digital training resources visit the Circuit's YouTube channel, CourtHelp4U.


All proposed orders for Probate cases should be submitted directly through the OLS system and should not be sent to the Judge's CAD division email or via us mail. Please see Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC19-74 which discusses transition to a "fully electronic environment that is largely paperless."


Documents without a checklist may be forwarded to the case manager for review in the ordinary course. Incomplete or inaccurate checklists will be returned with a deficiency or rejection memorandum in the ordinary course. To avoid unnecessary delays in processing your paperwork, please ensure all checklists are accurate and complete.


If you receive a Deficiency or Rejection Memorandum, Status Order, or other Order of Deficiency, you may avoid an ex-parte hearing by curing your deficiency immediately and filing all necessary documentation to show the deficiency has been cured.  Once ALL the cited deficiencies have been cured and related documents have posted on the docket, please send your proposed order(s) through OLS with a notation that all deficiencies have been cured.

Effective as of 8/14/19:

Attorney/Guardian Fees:

The court must consider the criteria defined in FL STAT §744.108 when reviewing Attorney and Guardian fees requests; therefore, all fee petitions should include the nature and value of the Ward's assets at the time of filing the fee request, the monthly income earned and the monthly expenses of the Ward.

Online Scheduling is now available for UMC in FAMILY DIVISION "FI"

Prior to first use, users must created an account in the Court's Online Services (current users can use their existing account).

The UMC calendaring application can be accessed by visiting and selecting "View All Web Applications" from within the Circuit Web Applications box.

You may upload your Notice of Hearing, Motion, and Additional Documents for the Court's review prior to the scheduled hearing. **YOU MUST UPLOAD ORDERS** 

Instructions for special Set Hearings

Please phone the Judicial Assistant.

Ex-Parte Calendaring App

The Fifteenth Circuit has launched an ex-parte calendaring app that will serve all probate divisions in South County, North County and West Palm Beach.

All ex-parte dates  must be requested in the new system, which is accessible by clicking the same link below.

Prior to first use, users must create an account in the Court's Online Services (current users can use their existing account).

The ex parte calendaring application can also be accessed by clicking the following link or by visiting and selecting "View All Web Applications" from within the Circuit Web Applications box.

Formatting Documents

All recorded documents (including final judgments) must provide a 3x3 space in the upper right hand corner. The Clerk of Court will no longer accept documents for recording without this space. Please see Rule 2.520, and You may also contact the Clerk of Court for further information as to the specific documents required.

Local Rule 4

Strict compliance with amended Local Rule 4. Prior to setting a matter on the motion calendar, the party or counsel noticing the motion shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve. See amended Local Rule 4.

Self-Represented Parties (Pro Se)

If you are a self-represented pro se party (with no attorney), you must contact the Family Court Case Manager for questions and guidance regarding your case.

Laura Lavoie, at 561-694-7427

Do Not Send Letters, Emails or Notes To The Court

The Court does not act on letters, notes or emails sent by either party. The Court acts on petitions or motions properly filed with the Clerk of the Court. File the appropriate petition or motion with the Clerk of the Court, send a copy to the opposing side and a courtesy copy to the Court in order for requests to be addressed by the Court. All documents emailed to the Court must state that they were emailed to the opposing side in the same email or they will be returned as ex parte communication.