Effective January 27, 2020 Judge Sarah Shullman will preside over Division RE.
All requests and/or motions must be filed with the Clerk's office and a copy must be furnished to the opposing party. Please make sure your phone number and correct address are included in the event the Judicial Assistant may need to contact you regarding your case. Please DO NOT send original documents to the Judge's chambers. All original documents MUST be sent/filed with the Clerk's Office.
Please be advised that court interpreters are not provided on civil cases.
1. All Proposed Orders shallbe submitted through the Online Scheduling Portal (OLS) (in Word format).
2. All proposed orders must attach all relevant supporting documents for the Court to review (affidavits, stipulations, etc.) after e-filing with the clerk, including a motion seeking the proposed relief, and must be formatted in conformity with Local Rules and Rules of Judicial Administration.
3. The submission must indicate whether the order is agreed and the date of hearing or ruling if applicable.
4. Any motion that has not been expressly agreed to by the opposing party requires a hearing to be set and noticed by the moving party. Except for default or ex parte motions allowed by rule, the Court will not enter proposed orders without a hearing or agreement of the parties.
5. Any order not in compliance will be rejected.
Online Scheduling (OLS)
Please note: Use of the online scheduling system requires a user ID and password. This can be obtained by going to Online Scheduling System and clicking on "Register a New User" to create an account.
UMC Hearings are scheduled online as follows:
- Mondays at 1:30 p.m. for Telephonic Hearings (Maximum 10 minutes) - any party may appear in person or by phone.
- Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. (Maximum 10 minutes) - no telephonic appearance is allowed at Wednesday UMC's.
Permission of the Court is not required to set UMC's.
A courtesy copy of the Motion or Opposition, Notice of Hearing and Relevant Case Law must be mailed or hand-delivered and received by chambers at least three (3) days prior to the hearing or is subject to cancellation by the Court. For telephonic hearings with pro se parties, proposed orders and stamped envelopes must be included.
To cancel a hearing scheduled for UMC, login to the Online Scheduling System, select "Uniform Motion Calendar Scheduling" then select "Cancel Hearing" and follow the directions on the screen.
Please do not contact the Judge's Assistant to schedule or cancel a UMC hearing. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND CANCEL ONLINE ANY HEARING THAT IS NO LONGER NEEDED OR RESOLVED PRIOR TO THE HEARING DATE SO THAT OTHERS MAY SCHEDULE THEIR MOTIONS.
Motions for Summary Judgment, Damages Hearings, Eviction matters, Claims of Exemption from Garnishment and any other evidentiary matters will NOT be heard at UMC.
Special Set Hearings
Special Set hearings are available for 15 minute and 30 minute blocks of time through Online Scheduling. The Court will open dates approximately 60 days in advance.
A courtesy copy of your Motion or Opposition, Notice of Hearing and Relevant Case Law must be mailed or hand-delivered and received by Chambers at least five (5) days prior to the hearing.
In order to cancel a Special Set Hearing, a Notice of Cancellation must be filed with the Clerk and a copy e-mailed to the Judge's Office (CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org), so that the time may be used by other parties. Also, the Notice MUST note the reason for cancellation.
***Any party may unilaterally set a hearing if the opposing party does not respond after a good faith effort has been made in accordance with Local Rule No. 4.
Please Note: OLS is not permitted for any of the following:
- Eviction related hearings/motions
- Claim of Exemption Hearings on all garnishments proceedings
- Motion hearings for 30 minutes or more
Hearings Requiring More than Thirty (30) Minutes
For hearings requiring more than thirty (30) minutes, a scheduling request must be sent to CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org. Prior to setting the hearing date and time, please make sure that ALL Motion(s) are filed and docketed with the Clerk of Court.
A courtesy copy of the Motion or Opposition, Notice of Hearing and Relevant Case Law must be mailed/hand-delivered and received by Chambers at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing.
It is the responsibility of the moving party to select the vendor, contact the vendor and pay the vendor in advance of the hearing. CourtCall © may be utilized by calling in advance to: 888-882-6878, however the Court takes no position as to whether one vendor is better than another.
Telephonic UMC hearings are held beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays. Telephone appearance by parties at UMC hearings (10 minutes or less) is governed by Fla.R.Jud.Adm. 2.530 (b) and (c).
Parties may appear at Monday UMC's by telephone without motion and order by properly registering with CourtCall or another vendor at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the hearing.
All Other Hearings:
Parties/witnesses wishing to appear by telephone at any hearing, other than Monday UMC hearings, must do so by filing a written motion together with uploading a proposed order through the Online Scheduling Portal (OLS) no less than five (5) days before the scheduled hearing date. Failure to submit a motion and proposed order will require the party to appear in person.
It is the parties' responsibility to coordinate telephone appearances through CourtCall or another vendor at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the hearing.
Please Note: you must in advance of the hearing provide your pleadings, proposed orders and, if ineligible for E-Service, self-addressed, stamped envelopes for the Judge's use at the time of the hearing with the order setting or notice of hearing.
Eviction cases are heard on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. These cases are set by the Court after a review of any documents or motions or when the Court decides mediation is necessary. Mediators will be available at no charge to the parties.
Final Hearings on Eviction cases will normally be heard after mediation, but may be specially set on another date.
Small Claims Pre-trials
Pretrial Hearings for Small Claims are set every Thursday at 9:00, 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. All small claims must go to mediation and mediators are provided. If not resolved, the case will be set for trial.
Motions for Attorney Fees
The Court utilizes a preliminary order with instructions to be followed in advance of the hearing. All Motions for Attorney's Fees and/or Costs shall attach a document detailing the time records and requested rate(s).
The moving party shall request a hearing date by contacting the Judicial Assistant by email at CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org.
Trials are set by the Judicial Assistant upon request or upon the filing of a Notice for Trial once the case is at issue. A pretrial order will be sent to both parties regarding mediation and uniform pretrial procedures. Any party who has not received a pretrial order within seven (7) days of request or notice should set a UMC status hearing on readiness for trial. Jury Trials will be set for a Mandatory Calendar Call/Case Management Conference.
If the case settles prior to the Trial date please notify the Court as soon as possible by emailing CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org. A written confirmation of the settlement agreement must be filed/uploaded with the Court with a copy to opposing party.
Cases set for calendar call CANNOT be continued with an Agreed Order. Any motions for continuance must be filed and set by the moving party in advance of the calendar call date.
PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE COURT MUST BE IN WRITING, filed with the Clerk and copied to all parties in the lawsuit. Be sure to include the case number, case name, and your telephone number, the reason for said correspondence or documents being sent and, if the case is scheduled for a hearing or trial, include the date and time. Otherwise we will be unable to process your request.