RH/NC/H Divisional Instructions

State of Emergency

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency and the courts are taking mitigating measures. Please follow these guidelines: do not come to court if you are sick, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, had contact with someone with COVID-19, have been quarantined, traveled to an area with widespread COVID-19, or had contact with someone who travelled to an area with widespread COVID-19.

There is no requirement for anyone to appear in Court at this time.  We can accommodate anyone who is in fear of coming to Court even after the Courthouse reopens.  All Civil hearings can be conducted by phone or ZOOM hearings, including mediations.

Telephone appearances can be arranged by contacting:

CourtCall CourtCall.com 1-888-88-COURT info@courtcall.com
CourtScribes CourtScribes.com 1-833-727-4237 ext.3 scheduling@courtscribes.com
Visual Evidence VisualEvidence.com 561-655-2855 (Scheduling)
800-464-8638 (Tech Support)
561-596-8108 (After hours/cell)
office@visualevidence

or if video appearance is required also through:

Zoom: 888-799-9666

HOW to ZOOM: instructions for attorneys and litigants regarding remote hearings.

Misdemeanor Arraignments

All Arraignments scheduled in North County are being reset for approximately 8 weeks.  The Clerk will send you notice of your new date.  If you or your client is set for Arraignment at the North County Courthouse, you can file a Waiver of Arraignment and Waiver of Speedy Trial with the Clerk of Court.

You can also contact the Assistant State Attorney, Pam Ford, at (561) 624-6546 if you want to resolve your case through a Pretrial Diversion Program or Plea In Absentia without coming to Court.


Small Claims

There will be no Small Claims Pretrial Conferences or Trials through May at the earliest.  The Court will still be reviewing motions, conducting phone hearings, and issuing orders.  Any Pretrials set for March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, and May 19 will be reset.  Please contact the Clerks Office if you do not get your reset date in the mail.

HOW to ZOOM: instructions for attorneys and litigants regarding remote hearings

Evictions

The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-94 and 20-121.  These Orders suspend and toll residential eviction cases for non-payment of rent until June 2, 2020.  Thus, the five day requirement to deposit funds with the Clerk is tolled until June 8, 2020.  Landlords must also comply with the CARES Act by completing a form regarding whether the property is Sec. 8 housing or backed by a federal mortgage for cases filed as of March 27, 2020.  The form is available from the Clerk's Office.

Executive Order 20-94

Executive Order 20-121

The Court will hear mediations and Motions to Determine Rent by Zoom or phone.

Any answers/letters from Defendants should include the Case Number, Defendant's name, phone number, and email address.

The Florida Supreme Court has issued AOSC 20-23 which prohibits the Writ of Possession being issued until June 1, 2020 for commercial and residential cases.

AOSC20-23

Traffic Court

Traffic Court cases currently set for April will be reset and a new Notice of Hearing will be sent by the Clerk of Court.  Or you can reschedule with the Clerk at (561) 355-2994.

UMC and Special Sets

The Court is still conducting UMC and motion hearings by phone or Zoom.  Parties should try to resolve issues and provide an Agreed Order to the Court.  Otherwise, parties can utilize Online Scheduling, and appear by phone through Courtcall (888-882-6878) or CourtScribes (833-727-4237 Ext. 3).  Evidentiary hearings can be conducted by Zoom.

Civil Cases Division RH

Uniform Motion Calendar Hearings  (UMC's)

UMC hearings are heard on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (unless otherwise suspended) and are set using the Online Scheduling System. Permission of the Court is not required to set hearings consisting of fifteen (15) minutes or less on the UMC. Five (5) business days notice must be given to opposing party, unless otherwise agreed. The Motion and Notice of Hearing must be filed with the Clerk's Office with language which includes a certificate that a good faith effort has been made to resolve the issue prior to setting the hearing.   

Telephone appearances can be arranged by contacting any of the vendors listed above.

Specially Set Hearings

Special Set Hearings are set using the Online Scheduling System. Hearing times are available in 15 and 30 minute increments. (If you require more than a 30 minute hearing or you are requesting a Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs hearing, please contact the Judicial Assistant at CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org). Prior to setting a special set hearing, you must first file your Motion with the Clerk of Court and then coordinate the hearing date and time with ALL parties. Once that has been done, go online and secure the date agreed upon. Do a NOTICE OF HEARING to set the hearing. A courtesy copy of your Motion and Notice should be provided to the Judge 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 (CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org) to the Judge's Office. Failure to notify the court of a cancellation will result in the Motion not being reset.

Telephone Appearance

Special Set Hearings may be heard by telephone. Telephone appearances can be arranged by contacting any of the vendors listed above.

Delivery of Documents

Please note: Division RH is participating in e-courtesy proposed order uploads at this time. If all parties in a case have an e-mail addresses where they can receive a copy of an Order, please upload those proposed orders electronically through the portal.  Division H/NC County Criminal case Orders can be submitted (in WORD format) to CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org for signature. Pro Se Litigants should file all documents with the Clerk of Court and the court will receive them electronically through the Clerk.

Landlord/Tenant Cases

Eviction cases are heard on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. or later. These cases are set by the Court after a review of any Motions sent to the Court, or when the Court decides there is a need for Mediation. Mediators will be available at no charge to the parties for Residential Mediations and $60.00 per side for Commercial Mediations.

Final Hearings on Eviction cases will normally be heard after Mediation, but may be specially set on another date.

Small Claims Pre-Trials

Pre-Trial Hearings for Small Claims cases are set every other Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. All Small Claims cases must go to Mediation. If not resolved, the case will be set for Trial. Mediators are provided for free. Stipulations to Waive Pre-Trial Hearings and Invoke the Civil Rules must be approved by the Court.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Please review the County Civil Division PIP Procedures information which can be found on the County Civil page. PIP Attorneys are not required to attend the pre-trial hearing if the procedures are followed.

Trials

Trials are set by the Judicial Assistant upon request/motion. A pre-trial Order will be sent to both parties requiring mediation.

Traffic Court/Criminal/Misdemeanor Cases Divisions H/NC

Hearing Times

Motions to Recall Capias are set on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (excluding suspension dates) Notice must be filed with the Clerk of Court.

All Criminal and Misdemeanor cases are heard on Wednesdays ONLY at 1:30 p.m. (unless calendar is suspended).

Petitions to Expunge and/or Seal are set on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. - Notice must be filed with the Clerk of Court. 

VOPs are set on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. (unless calendar is suspended)

All Traffic Motion Hearings are heard on Traffic Tuesdays (ONLY) at 9:00 a.m.