M Divisional Instructions

Effective August 25, 2022, Division M will be vacant of an assigned judge until further notice. 

For requests for hearings, setting of motions, and inquiries, email CAD-DivisionM@pbcgov.org. You may also call Sandra Becerra, Judicial Assistant for Administrative County Criminal Judge Sherri Collins at 561-355-7881.

Since there is no judicial assistant assigned to Division M, Zoom hearings will not be available. 

 Calendar Call

The defendant must be present for Calendar Call hearings. The case can be heard for up to two weeks following the calendar call.   

Jury Trials

All Jury Trials will be set by the Court following Calendar Call. Calendar Call is for a two week jury trial docket. Continuances are not allowed at the time of trial.  All pre-trial motions must be filed and brought to the attention of the Administrative Judge for scheduling at least 5 business days prior to Calendar Call.

Long Motion Hearings

Matters expected to consume more than five minutes may be set by contacting CAD-DivisionM@pbcgov.org or Judge Collins' Judicial Assistant, Sandra Becerra at (561) 355-7881. After obtaining a hearing time from the judicial assistant, the state and the judicial assistant must receive a courtesy copy of the written motion and Notice of Hearing (or other pleadings requiring the hearing time) as soon as possible. Original written notice and motion must be filed with the clerk of court.

Motions in Limine & Motions to Suppress

  • These motions must be submitted indicating when the case is currently set for calendar call and how long the motion will take. The motion is to be filed in a timely fashion so that the State has two weeks notice once the hearing has been scheduled in order to send subpoenas. Please contact the JA for a specially set hearing time. At that time, the party requesting the hearing must file a Notice of Hearing with the Clerk's Office, with a courtesy copy to the State Attorney's Office and the Judge's Office. Motions to Suppress shall be heard no later than the week prior to Calendar Call.
  • Courtesy copies of all motions and notices must be filed to CAD-DivisionM@pbcgov.org .
  • Courtesy copies of any responses and all anticipated case law to be used must also be provided at least three days prior to the hearing.

 

  • Uniform Motion Calendar
    SHORT MOTIONS (5 MINUTES OR LESS) MAY BE SCHEDULED AFTER THE PARTY FILLING HAS COMPLIED WITH LOCAL RULE 4. All parties must give proper notice of the motion with a courtesy copy of the motion and notice to the opposing counsel and JA. Contact the Judicial Assistant for motions that require more than 5 minutes and for other Special Settings (561) 355-7881.

 

  • Contacting our Office
    If you are unable to be present at a scheduled court hearing and require a continuance, you must contact Opposing Counsel and e-file written notice of your request with the clerk.  If there is opposition to the continuance, counsel requesting the continuance must set the matter for a hearing.

 

  • Agreed Motions for Continuance
    All Agreed Motions for Continuance must be e-filed with the Clerk of Court with an email copy of the Agreed Motion and Agreed Order to this office via CAD-DivisionM@pbcgov.org. The motion must include the ASA in agreement with the motion along with a waiver of speedy trial if not previously waived and reset date/time agreeable with counsels. Orders should be uploaded to the Online Scheduling System .

 

  • Defendant's Presence
    Defendant's Presence is required at all hearings. The defendant's presence may be waived by filing a Waiver of Appearance signed by the defendant.  Defendant's presence may not be waived at calendar call.

 

  • In case of EMERGENCY Courthouse Closings
    All cases, including TRIALS that are not heard because the Palm Beach County Courthouse is closed will be heard the next business day that the Courthouse is open.

 

  • Phone Calls/Emails
    Please note that no long distance calls will be returned.
    Litigants not represented by counsel that have access to email are encouraged to fill out and file with the Clerk an email designation form. This will allow the Court to submit orders to the parties via email instead of sending in the U.S. Postal Service which will greatly reduce the time for the parties communication with each other and the Court.
     
    Questions and Advice
    Neither the Judge nor the Judicial Assistant can give legal advice regarding how to proceed with the case. For assistance, you can contact the Self-Help Center at 561-355-6781 located on the first floor of the Main West Palm Beach Courthouse or visit the self-service center in the Clerk's Office in the Satellite Courthouses. Additionally, the Palm Beach County Bar Association has a lawyer referral and information service at 561-687-3266.