Communicating with the Court
Pro Se - all communications with the Court must be done in writing, filed with the Clerk's office, and copied to all parties in the lawsuit. Please include the case number, case name, telephone number, and current address with your correspondence or documents.
Attorneys and cases where the clerk database reflects that all parties are registered for electronic/email service- all communication with the Court shall be done via email with all parties copied on the email. Procedural questions should also be directed to the divisional mailbox.
Beginning August 1, 2017, all attorneys are required to utilize the Online Scheduling System for scheduling Uniform Motion Calendar and Special Set Hearings.
Uniform Motion Calendar
Uniform motion calendar for division RS will be on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. In courtroom #7 – for a hearing of 10 minutes or less.
Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC) hearings must be set using the Online Scheduling System. Use of this system requires a user ID and password. Technical questions regarding the system should be directed to CAD-Web@pbcgov.org; the Judicial Assistant is not able to answer these questions. Upon utilizing the online scheduling system, UMC hearings are set/noticed by a party filing/serving a Notice of Hearing. A copy of the Motion to be heard at UMC should be mailed to the court in advance.
"Walk-in" motions/hearings are not permitted.
Special Set Hearings
Special Set Hearings (15 or 30 min.) must be set using the Online Scheduling System. Special Set Hearings are set by a party filing/serving a Notice of Special Set Hearing (See the Court's Divisional Instruction forms for the format).
A copy of the Notice of Hearing and Motion to be heard at the Special Set Hearing should be mailed to the Court in advance.
For special set hearings requiring more than 30 minutes email the judicial assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
To cancel a Special Set hearing please file a notice of cancellation and notify the court via email (email@example.com)
UMC Hearings are cancelled online by the parties. There is no need to contact the Court when cancelling a UMC hearing. Please be considerate and cancel any hearing that is no longer needed or resolved prior to the hearing date.
Eviction cases are heard on Wednesdays at 9:00 am. 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.
Small Claims Pre-Trial Hearings
Pre-Trial Hearings for Small Claims cases are set every other Wednesday 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.
Only agreed orders may be submitted electronically and only where clerk data base for the case reflects that all parties are registered for electronic/email service. All other proposed orders must be sent via regular mail with copies and stamped envelopes for all parties not registered for electronic/email service. No emails accepted. Pursuant to Administrative Order 2.306, all orders must have a proper service list with the names and addresses of all parties listed.
All attorneys and/or parties wishing to participate in hearings telephonically shall do so by coordinating the telephonic appearance through CourtCall, telephone number 1-888-882-6878. Please remember that telephonic appearances are generally not permitted unless allowed by Court order and/or stipulated to by the parties. Please consult the 2 links below for further information.
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All divisions of the Court will be enforcing Local Rule No. 3 requiring the moving party at all motion hearings to furnish the Court at the time of the hearing with a proposed Order, together with sufficient copies and stamped, addressed envelopes for all parties. Blank Orders will no longer be furnished by the Court free of charge. Blank Orders will be available for purchase in the Law Library at a cost of $2.00 each (cash only).
Unilaterally Set Hearings
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.