S Divisional Instructions

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

***Effective March 23, 2020 – UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,  only essential court hearings for Division “S” will be held in Courtroom 11H, along with Division “U”, Division “W”, and Division “Z”.  The use of the ceremonial courtroom is to minimize the court staff needed and to exercise social distancing more easily.   Essential hearings are identified as bond hearings, pre-negotiated pleas, juvenile commitment release requests, non-represented defendant arraignments and 30-day State-to-file hearings, or any other emergency as determined by the Court.  For additional information, please go to www.15thcircuit.com.  Public safety is of the utmost concern to the Court.  Thank you for your patience.  Stay safe everyone.

All courthouse buildings remain open.  On the following Fridays, all court hearings are suspended with the exception of: first appearances at the Gun Club Criminal Justice Complex, juvenile detention and shelter hearings at the Main Courthouse, walk-in/emergency Baker Act and Marchman Act hearings at the South, North and Main Courthouses, and any other emergency or time sensitive hearing as specially set by any judge at any courthouse. 

March 27, 2020
April 3, 2020
April 10, 2020 (Court Holiday)
April 17, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 1, 2020


Motions must be filed with the Clerk of Court before contacting the Judicial Assistant for scheduling.

All matters set for hearing shall be set through the Judicial Assistant, Gloria Lozano, NOT through the Clerk of Court. Send an email to glozano@pbcgov.org, with the NAME OF DEFENDANT and CASE NUMBER in the subject line. Please attach any motion and copy all parties on the email. Do not email the CAD box.

Any motion requiring 15 minutes or more should be submitted to the Court with a cover letter stating the length of time requested for hearing. The Judge will review the motion and the Judicial Assistant will provide available dates. The parties should coordinate those dates with opposing counsel. ONCE A DATE IS AGREED UPON, THE MOVING PARTY SHOULD EMAIL THE JUDICIAL ASSISTANT TO SET THE DATE ON THE COURT’S CALENDAR. All motions must be filed with the Clerk of Court prior to contacting the Judicial Assistant for hearing times.

The Court greatly appreciates written responses on specially set hearings, with caselaw/authority provided 48 hours prior to the hearing, with courtesy copies provided via email to the Judicial Assistant to glozano@pbcgov.org, not the CAD box.

The Court does not set Calendar Calls. Generally, after an initial Case Disposition hearing after Arraignment, the case will be set for a Plea Conference or for Trial.