Updated instructions as of 6/11/2020.
Division P continues to remain open for all essential matters and non-essential matters will be done remotely. HEARINGS CAN BE SCHEDULED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY UNTIL JURY TRIALS RESUME IN JULY 2020. CALL OR EMAIL FOR A HEARING DATE AND TIME. DO NOT APPEAR IN PERSON IF A HEARING CAN BE CONDUCTED ELECTRONICALLY. FACIAL COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE.
The only in person hearings being conducted at this time are in pre-negotiated pleas, whether in custody or not in custody, dispositive motions, and for bond motions. All non-essential hearings where speedy has been waived are in process of being reset for electronic NOT in person hearings. The Court will review the status of the case as to speedy trial issues and potential resolutions. Any case can be brought in earlier if it will result in a resolution. Call or email to a request a date and time. The method for remote hearing shall be indicated on the notice of hearing generated by the attorney, and shall be arranged by the attorney.
You can continue to appear telephonically, using any service you deem appropriate, and Zoom is also available. For cases set by the Court a "Zoom" invitation will be generated by the Judicial assistant. Contact division P for instructions.
Follow all applicable Supreme Court and Circuit Administrative Orders.
Please notice, if a witness will appear telephonically, they will need to be identified by a notary, unless the attorneys stipulate otherwise. IF A DEFENDANT CAN APPEAR BY VIDEOCONFERENCE THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR A NOTARY IF THE DEFENDANT CAN BE IDENTIFIED. Note that until 5/1/2020, dockets will be handled as follows
- All Friday cases which were set up to an through May 1, 2020 have been reset. IF you would like to bring a case in sooner, call or email the Judicial Assistant to get a date and time.
- For teleconferences, the judge will initiate the conference call from Open Court with numbers on file with The Florida Bar, unless an attorney provides an alternate number to the Divisional email. For Zoom hearings set by the Court, and invitation will be sent to your email. Phone in instructions appear on that invitation if you do not have video access.
- As jury trials have been suspended, the Division is available for bench trials, and hearings by videoconference. At this time, that capability if available free of charge from ZOOM.COM. Follow the instructions set forth hereinabove if you would like to use that system. You are free to use any other system as long as the Court has advance notice, and can accommodate the technology.
- If you notice a hearing using telecommunication, or videoconferencing, OTHER THAN ZOOM, please advise of specifics on the Notice of Hearing and provide the same to the Divisional email.
Please be patient as we try to keep everyone safe.
All hearings must be set by emailing or calling the Judicial Assistant
BLOCK HEARINGS ARE MONDAY AND FRIDAY. TRIALS WILL BE CONDUCTED TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
Pleas, Bond Motions, Short Motion hearings (5 minutes or less)
In custody Defendants may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 8:15 am. All other Hearings may be scheduled Monday and Friday at 8:45 am.
Pleas may be entered on Monday or Friday during the regular morning docket at 8:15 or 8:45 am.
Bond motions requiring evidence or that may require longer hearing time may be set as follows:
- In custody Defendants on Monday through Friday at the end of the morning docket.
- All other Defendants on Monday and Friday at the end of the morning docket
- Motions to suppress must be filed and heard no later than 10 days prior to the scheduled trial date. These are held Monday and Friday afternoons. Hearings on Motions to suppress will not be scheduled unless filed with the Clerk.
- Motions in limine – not requiring evidence- will be heard at 1:30 pm on Monday and Friday afternoon before the trial is scheduled to begin.
- Any motions in limine which may result in audio or video redactions must be scheduled and heard with sufficient time to allow for redaction.
- Any case on the trial docket which the parties know will resolve with a plea agreement shall be removed from the trial schedule prior to the day of trial.
Final VOP, Restitution, and Infraction Hearings are held on Monday at 1:30 pm.
It is the responsibility of defense counsel to request an interpreter. All requests must be received 7 days in advance of the proceeding. Interpreters may be requested using our online form.
Proposed orders for matters not on the Court docket shall be emailed or given to the Judicial Assistant for review after court. The agreement shall be indicated either on the face of the proposed order or in a cover email or letter. The Judicial Assistant will not contact opposing counsel to confirm the assent if the agreement is not submitted contemporaneously with the proposed order.
DO NOT PRESENT PROPOSED AGREED ORDERS IN OPEN COURT FOR MATTERS NOT ON THE DOCKET
Proposed orders for the Judge's signature must be submitted in Word format (no pdf files please) to CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org.
Defendant's presence is required for motions to withdraw capias. A Defendant's presence may be waived at case disposition and pretrial hearings by filing a written waiver of appearance.
In Custody Defendants are not to be transported for hearings other than plea conferences or trial. It is Defense Counsel's obligation to notify the Sheriff's Office to NOT transport his/her client by emailing PBSO at email@example.com, no later than noon the day before hearing.
COURTESY COPIES OF ALL NOTICE OF HEARINGS (PLEASE INCLUDED MATTER TO BE HEARD), MOTIONS, PROPOSED ORDERS, AND CASE LAW MUST BE EMAILED TO CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org.