State of Emergency
The Governor has declared a state of emergency and the Courts are taking Mitigating Measures. Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the following Administrative Orders (15th Judicial Circuit AO- 12.510 and Florida Supreme Court AOSC 20–15) will control Court proceedings in Division RS.
Small Claims Pretrials
Effective June 10, 2020, Small Claims Pretrials will be held electronically for all served cases. If return service has not been docketed to the case at least 5 days prior to the Pretrial hearing, the Pretrial Conference will be cancelled and an order directing Plaintiff to contact the Clerk of Court will be entered.
Space is limited for these dockets and some cases will need new event dates or event times. Parties will be notified through Court Order via e-service or by US Mail to the address information within the case file. Orders on these events will contain updated dates, times, and instructions for accessing the Zoom meeting.
PIP Pretrial Conferences
PIP Pretrial Conferences scheduled at 9:30 AM will be going forward telephonically. All parties shall dial in using the ZOOM information provided via email.
Note that multiple cases are scheduled for the same time; thus all parties are requested to dial in at the scheduled time to avoid interruptions, and mute all lines until your case is called. All cases will be called in numerical order by case number.
We encourage the parties to submit stipulations and waivers timely so you do not have to attend.
For additional information please visit the 15th Judicial Circuit PIP webpage.
Beginning June 2, 2020, Division RS will be conducting UMC hearings via ZOOM. Parties shall email the divisional email to request ZOOM Meeting ID and Password prior to their scheduled UMC hearing. At this time, the Court is not requiring a copy of the Notice of Hearing and Motion to be mailed to Chambers prior to the heading. Please be sure the motion and Notice of Hearing is docketed to the case prior to the hearing so that the Court may review all documents prior to the hearing.
Special Set Hearings
All non-essential hearings must be conducted remotely. Parties shall coordinate telephonic appearance through CourtCall, telephone number 1-888-882-6878 OR Conference Call OR Zoom Meeting. The moving party shall take responsibility for coordinating telephonic appearance and advising the Court (via email). Both Parties must coordinate their telephonic appearance using the same platform. At least 24 hours prior to the hearing, the moving party shall advise the Court how the parties wish to proceed and all pertinent information needed to conduct the hearing (i.e. ZOOM Meeting ID and Password , Conference Call # and Access Code).
At this time, the Court is not requiring a copy of the Notice of Hearing and Motion to be mailed to Chambers prior to the heading. Please be sure the motion and Notice of Hearing is docketed to the case prior to the hearing so that the Court may review all documents prior to the hearing.
The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-94 , 20-121 , 20-137. These Orders suspend and toll residential eviction cases for non-payment of rent until July 1, 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.
Any answers/letters from Defendants should include the Case Number, Defendant's name, phone number, and email address.
Lack of Prosecution Hearings
Lack of Prosecution Hearings scheduled on June 4, 2020 will go forward via Zoom. Zoom information for the hearings will be sent via e-service or US mail.
Pro Se litigants who have access to email are encouraged to notify the Clerk of their email address and consent to receive documents electronically. This will allow the Court to submit orders to the parties via email, which will greatly reduce the time for the parties' communication with each other and the Court. Please see the Clerk's Website for instructions for e-filing.
** The Court is committed to maintaining judicial workflow during the COVID19 crisis. For any party wishing to have your non-essential matters heard remotely, please contact the Court via the divisional email. The Court will make every attempt possible to have matters heard efficiently. **
The Court appreciates everyone's cooperation and understanding during these unprecedented times. Please contact the Court with any questions or concern via the divisional email.