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Effective January 18, 2022:
Judge Suskauer's Courtroom will change from 9B to 10B.

The Divisional Instructions are continually being updated. 

Please review them prior to contacting the Judicial Assistant.

Regarding In-Person vs. ZOOM hearings

(Also see A.O. 12.515.2)

The following hearings shall take place IN-PERSON:
(i.e., the Defendant AND counsel must appear, no exceptions unless given prior leave by this Court)

  • Arraignments
  • Calendar Calls
  • Pre-Negotiated Pleas
  • Sentencings
  • Motions to Suppress
  • Stand Your Ground Hearings
  • Violations of Probation
  • Richardson Hearings
  • Nelson Hearings
  • Faretta Inquiries
  • Any and all other Specially Set Hearings

may take place on Zoom.

For Those Attending Court Via Zoom:

  1. Please label yourself with your first and last name.

  2. Please be patient and remain on MUTE until you are called upon by the Judge.

  3. Please refrain from driving, walking around, smoking, or laying in bed while on Zoom. You must be stationary and in a quiet place during your hearing.

  4. Please dress appropriately for Zoom, just as you would for an in-person Court hearing.

  5. Your video must be active when addressing the Court. In order to fully participate in your Court hearing via Zoom, please ensure your device has both audio and video capabilities prior to your Court date. 

  6. Please conduct yourself on Zoom as though you were in-person for your Court hearing.

Meeting Link: Zoom Link

Dial by your location:

  • US Toll-free: 877-853-5257
  • US Toll-free: 888-475-4499
Meeting ID: 890 4412 8953

Suggestions for Legal Assistants & Attorneys before you call or e-mail the Judicial Assistant:

  • Please review the Divisional Instructions, Trial Docket & Suspension Calendar thoroughly, many answers can be found there!
  • Please ensure your Motions have been filed with the Clerk and docketed before requesting a hearing time and date from the Judicial assistant via email. If you are requesting a continuance, please indicate in your Motion or email a suggested timeframe for the date of reset.
  • Check the court record for any future court dates for the case you are inquiring about- it may be possible for your matter could be heard on the upcoming court date.
  • Please ALWAYS copy opposing counsel on your e-mails. This Division does not accept ex-parte communications of any kind. (If a specific State Attorney is not assigned to the case, please copy FELDIVX@sa15.org on your email.)
  • Please include the Defendant's name and case number in the subject line of your email. In the body of your email, please include the title of the Motion, and total amount of time needed for the matter to be heard & be sure to attach a filed copy of the Motion. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE ORIGINAL.
  • Proposed Orders submitted via OLS must be in Word Format: .doc or .docx. Any attachments submitted in OLS must be in PDF format! 
  • When submitting agreed proposed orders, please attach a copy of the filed Motion & opposing counsel's email confirming agreement in PDF format. For Petitions to Seal/Expunge or other Motions that may require agreement from JAC or another party, please attach their response and/or agreement.
  • For Defendant's with multiple case numbers, you must submit a separate order via OLS for each case. You may include all case numbers for a Defendant on all orders.
  • When the Defendant is in custody and needs to be transported for an upcoming hearing, please indicate "JAIL TO TRANSPORT" on your Notice of Hearing.
  • Please be patient when following up on your matter. You should receive a response in 24 hours.
  • Please do not file any Notices of Cancellation without prior leave of this Court. 
  • Please do not file any Notices of Hearing without confirming the date and time with the Judicial Assistant. For matters that are ten minutes in length or less, and/or that may be set on the morning docket at 8:30 am, you are responsible for noticing the matter and copying the Judicial Assistant on the Notice of Hearing.
  • All specially set matters requiring the reservation of 15 minutes or more will be set by the Judicial Assistant. Please file a Notice of Hearing for the matter.