AO Divisional News

Judge James Nutt is honored to preside over Circuit Civil Division AO
Millie Noonan is the Judicial Assistant
Matt Carreiro is our Courtroom Deputy Sheriff

We are proud to serve all citizens of Palm Beach County and strive to do it well. We are always looking to improve and value any constructive input you may provide. We are looking forward to working with you.

NOTE: This page provides Divisional News only. See the Divisional Instructions page (link to the right) for more detailed information.

This Division remains open for business through remote appearances. The uniform motion calendar continues on Tuesday - Thursday. Special set hearings of all types, including non-jury trials, are being conducted throughout the week. With the Supreme Court's ban on jury trials (until further notice), this is an excellent opportunity to have any and all pretrial matters and non-jury trials heard.

Telephonic and/or Video Conference Appearances via ZOOM

All proceedings in this Division shall be conducted through remote appearances, i.e. ZOOM video/telephonic conference. THERE ARE SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO DIVISIONAL PRACTICES IDENTIFIED HERE AND IN THE DIVISIONAL INSTRUCTIONS (see link on the right side of this page).

Litigants may alternatively agree to waive oral arguments and submit matters to Chambers to be decided upon the record.

The Court will provide a conference Zoom hearing link and Toll-Free Number for all hearings set via the Online Services System. Your link will be provided in the confirmation notice issued once the hearing is set.

The zoom information for connecting (phone number and video link) must be included in the Notice of Hearing (amended if necessary) and timely provided to Chambers.

Court reporters may appear at the location of the person retaining them or by joining the zoom meeting. When reported, the parties are reminded to identify themselves each time they speak.

Please also keep in mind that zoom hearings may require more time than in-person hearings. Everyone intending to participate is expected to be on the line when the Court joins the hearing. Please be patient and wait until that happens.

The parties shall continue to scheduled hearings expected to last a half hour or less and for the uniform motion calendar using on-line services per the Divisional Instructions (see link to the right of this page). All procedures and requirements concerning the setting of hearings remain in effect, including standards for reasonable notice and compliance with Local Rule 4.

Submission of Hearing Materials

All hearing materials the parties expect the Court to rely upon must be filed or otherwise provided well in advance of the hearing so they are available on the judicial viewing system or in hard copy form. This Division is now accepting hearing materials through Online Services E-Courtesy system. Hard copies of documents, binders, etc., are no longer required. BUT IF YOUR MATTER INVOLVES MORE THAN ONE OR TWO SHORT DOCUMENTS: please provide hard copies to chambers. Counsel have loaded hundreds of pages on the e-courtesy system for 15 to 30 minute matters. That is unfortunately unmanageable.

Please continue to monitor the Circuit's webpage for more information.

Please refer to the Divisional Instructions for more details


  • Division AO hearings and trials are held in Courtroom 11E, unless otherwise directed.
  • Trials are currently being set on the six week trial docket beginning April 2021.
  • Uniform Motion Calendar is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30, unless suspended. (View the Suspension Calendar)

Important Note About Divisional Instructions

PLEASE stay abreast of future changes.

Most general questions about Division AO practices and procedures can be answered by reading the most current Divisional Instructions. (View Divisional Instructions).

Please direct inquiries not answered by reading the Divisional Instructions to Millie Noonan. The Divisional Contacts can be found on the right side of this web page.

NOTE: Absent prior approval of the Court, the Divisional Email Box is not for transmitting materials to the Court, e.g. motions, memoranda, proposed orders, etc. (See, Divisional Instructions regarding hearing materials).

The Court understands that not all cases are amenable to the standardized procedures, practices and schedules set forth in divisional instructions and the uniform order setting trial and pre-trial procedures and other forms. The parties are encouraged to propose alternatives to allow for a more efficient, cost effective and just resolution of your case. Otherwise, please follow the divisional instructions carefully.