FI and II Divisional News

A reorganization of the Probate/Guardianship Division began on July 5th.  Judge Laura Johnson is now presiding over Divisions IA, IH, IJ, IB and ID.  Please review Judge Johnson’s Divisional Instructions before calling her J.A. as you will most likely find the answer to your question there. 

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 CAD-DIVISIONfi@pbcgov.org 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. (CAD-DIVISIONfi@pbcgov.org).
 

Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC)

UMC hearings are held each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:45 A.M.

All documents must be uploaded and submitted as e-courtesy via OLS (Online Scheduling) prior to the hearing.  Please be sure all documents are uploaded properly in OLS and are attached to the EVENT so your hearing can move forward. (If you do not submit the documents via e-courtesy  and then chose your hearing date, the documents will not be attached to the EVENT.)  If you submitted the required documents in a different manner, they do not comply division requirements. 

UMC hearings will be conducted via Zoom.  The party setting the hearing shall email the J.A. (CAD-Divisionfi@pbcgov.org) in order to obtain a Zoom link.  This Zoom link must be incorporated into the Notice of Hearing.  Again, the hearing must be scheduled via OLS (Online Scheduling).

Uncontested Final Hearings for Dissolution of Marriage may be heard during UMC.  At least five (5) business days prior to the hearing, you must upload and submit as e-courtesy:  proposed Final Judgment in Word format; all Exhibits/Attachments to the Final Judgment (if any), including Marital Settlement Agreement, Parenting Plan, etc.; and a legible scanned copy of the Petitioner's photo I.D. (and the Respondent's if a Simplified Dissolution Petition was filed) demonstrating proof of Florida residency for at least six months immediately prior to the filing of the Petition, in compliance with Florida law.  If appearing telephonically (without video), the testifying party must be in the presence of a notary or an attorney who can certify their identity. If appearing by Zoom video conference, the Court shall act as notary.

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.


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

PLEASE NOTE:

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.

Request for Special Set Hearing:

Call the Judicial Assistant at 561-624-6687 for available dates and times. 

NOTICES FOR TRIAL:  Please email courtesy copy to the divisional in box.  If you do not copy us with the trial notice, the Court is unaware it was filed.

Exhibits:

FOR ALL REMOTE HEARINGS:  All proposed Exhibits must be PREMARKED (including Exhibit Number, Case Style and Number, Date of Hearing, Judge's Name) and provided to the Court  AT LEAST THREE BUSINESS DAYS prior to the hearing via U.S. mail or the North County courthouse drop box.   If Exhibits are not received by the Court at least three business days prior to the hearing in compliance with the above requirements, they will not be accepted or considered.  Emailed exhibits will not be accepted or considered. 

All in person hearings and trials: please bring pre-marked exhibits with you.

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 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.

Faxes

Our office DOES NOT accept faxes.

Personal Correspondence

Our office CANNOT and WILL NOT accept any 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.

Interpreters

Interpreters are provided by the Court for Incapacity, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Repeat Violence ONLY. For all other hearings, it is the responsibility of the party needing an interpreter to bring to Court an interpreter who is certified, language skilled, provisionally approved or who is registered with the Office of State Court Administrator as required by Rule 2.560 and Rule 2.565 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. For further information or for assistance locating an interpreter, please visit our Court Interpreters page.