RJ Divisional Instructions

Proposed Orders

All proposed orders (in Word format) along with the motion shall be submitted to the 15th Judicial Circuit Online Services through the Online Scheduling. Any supporting documents for the Court to review should be efiled with the clerk and then submitted as attachments to the order.

All Memorandum of Law, Briefs, Responses, copies of case law, courtesy copies of Notices of Hearings/Motions, etc., for the Judge's review should be either mailed to the Judge's office or hand-delivered to the 1st floor drop box of the Main Courthouse, at least 5 business days in advance of the scheduled hearing date/trial date. OUR OFFICE DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY COURTESY COPIES OF THE FOREGOING VIA E-MAIL.

 Online Scheduling

Hearings

Hearings requiring less than 10 minutes are set on the Court's Uniform Motion Calendar, held Tuesdays and Thursdays (unless otherwise suspended) at 9:00 am, through On-Line Scheduling. Hearings can be set with 5 business days notice including courtesy copies of the motion and notice to the Court through On-Line Scheduling.

Hearings requiring 15 to 30 minutes are specially set on the Court's calendar through On-Line Scheduling. Only after you have confirmed that there are no available 15 and/or 30 minute timeslots available through On-Line Scheduling, should you contact the Judicial Assistant by email at CAD-DivisionRJ@pbcgov.org for alternative hearing times.

Hearings requiring more than 30 minutes and ALL Motions for Attorney Fees should be set by contacting the Judicial Assistant by email at CAD-DivisionRJ@pbcgov.org

ANY POST JUDGEMENT MOTIONS NEED TO BE EMAILED TO THE COURT AFTER FILING. THE COURT WILL DECIDE IF A HEARING IS NECESSARY.

The motion(s) must be filed and docketed with the Clerk of Court prior to requesting a hearing date and time. In keeping with professional courtesy, any party scheduling a hearing shall make a good faith attempt to resolve the matter, undertake reasonable efforts to contact the opposing party/counsel for availability or scheduling conflicts. Send a courtesy copy of the notice and motion to the Court through On-Line Scheduling at least 5 business days before any scheduled hearing.

FOR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS REGARDING SCHEDULING A HEARING PLEASE REFER TO LOCAL RULE 4.

Local Rule 4

Motions for Attorney Fees

Since 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 hearing dates by contacting the Judicial Assistant by email at CAD-DivisionRJ@pbcgov.org.

Cancellations

To cancel UMC hearings please do so through the On-Line Scheduling system, you do not need to notify the Court.

To cancel any Special Set hearings please email CAD-DivisionRJ@pbcgov.org the reason for cancellation. Your hearing is not cancelled until you receive confirmation back from the Judicial Assistant.

Telephonic Appearances

Telephonic appearances are permitted with the approval of the Court and if there is no objection by the opposing party. A motion and order must be provided for each request to appear telephonically. Telephonic appearances for attorneys on non-evidentiary hearings are coordinated through CourtCall. Be advised that when there are multiple cases set at the same time such as UMC, the Court will take parties who are present in-court before parties participating through CourtCall, however, your opposing counsel/party must be aware that you are appearing via telephone.

CourtCall.com is the service provider used for the purposes of scheduling and appearing at a non-evidentiary hearing via telephone. If you wish to appear via telephone, you must visit CourtCall.com and make the appropriate arrangements at least 48 business hours prior to the scheduled hearing date and time. The Judge's office strictly enforces this rule so please abide by same, absent an emergency circumstance. If CourtCall can not accommodate your request for telephonic hearing, your appearance is mandatory. Please be advised the Court does not set the fees imposed by CourtCall and the Court has no control over same. If you wish to appear at a hearing via telephone, you will be required to pay CourtCall's service fee/charge.

Please be advised that you cannot appear by telephone at the following matters: Calendar Call, Pretrial Conferences, Case Management Conferences or Evidentiary Hearings.

Interpreters for County Civil Cases

The Court does not provide interpreters for County Civil cases. 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 Court Interpreters. Persons unable to obtain an interpreter must bring someone to assist. The Court will determine if they are qualified to interpret the proceedings.

PIP Pre-trial Procedures

View important changes to PIP pretrial procedures.

Small Claims

Pre-trial hearings are set on Thursdays at 1:00 pm. All small claims cases must go to mediation. Mediation is provided free of charge. If not resolved, the case will be set for trial. If the parties intend to waive Pre-Trial Conference, the parties should file the signed Stipulation with the Clerk of Courts and then send a copy of the signed stipulation as a "PDF" along with a Proposed Order in "WORD" format thru our On-Line Scheduling for Judge's signature. Once the Order has been e-signed and e-served to you then the hearing is cancelled. If the Order is not signed, parties may have to appear at the hearing unless told otherwise.

Landlord/Tenant

Landlord/Tenant hearings are set and noticed by the Court for Thursdays afternoons after review of motions sent to the Court or when the Court decides mediation is appropriate. Mediation is provided at no charge for Residential Mediation and only $60 per side for Commercial Mediation.

Trials

All non-jury trials are set by the court with a pre-trial procedure order. Jury trials will be set for Calendar Call and Case Management conferences.

Neither the Judge nor the Judicial Assistant can give you legal advice regarding how to proceed with your 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. Additionally, the Palm Beach County Bar Association has a lawyer referral and information service at 561-687-3266.

Trials Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation Invoking the Rules of Civil Procedure:

  1. Prior to submitting an Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation Invoking the Rules of Civil Procedure through the dedicated portal, counsel for the defendant must file their Notice of Appearance with the Clerk of Court.
  2. Generic stipulations to waive appearance at the pretrial conference and to invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure will no longer be accepted unless it substantially complies with the following form. Submissions not substantially complying with the form provided or containing insertions or omissions not approved by the Court will be rejected and appearance at the pretrial conference will not be waived.
pdf icon Download PDF of the form. word icon Download Word document of the form.
  • Upon submission of the proposed Joint Waiver and Stipulation as instructed, the submitting party will be prompted to generate a proposed Order on Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation to Invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court will review both submittals for compliance. Where applicable the proposed Order on Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation to Invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure will be signed by the Court and will be served electronically. pdf iconView/download a sample of the order. A scheduling order will also issue simultaneously.
  • Effective March 19, 2018 in the Main Judicial Complex and April 6, 2018 in the South County Annex, any stipulation or waiver must be approved and made an order of the Court. No PIP case shall proceed under the Rules of Civil Procedure without signed judicial consent. It is no longer sufficient alone to file with the Clerk of Court any joint stipulation to invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure and to waive appearance at the pretrial conference.
  • Submittals: View/download instructions for preparing and submitting the Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation to Invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure. Do not file the Agreed Waiver with the Clerk of Court. Caution: Submissions other than a proposed Agreed Waiver will not be accepted. Any submissions for the Court to review in Chambers and arising from the normal course of litigation or as directed by the Judge should be submitted pursuant to division instructions.