FH Divisional News
JUDGE SCHER'S PROCEDURE FOR SPECIAL SETTING HEARINGS HAS CHANGED AS OF 1/19. Please read Judge Scher's Divisional Instructions.
Drop Box Procedure
- Attorneys and/or couriers wishing to drop off hand delivered mail, binders or other packages to judges/magistrates at the North County Courthouse must first sign the logbook located at the front counter.
- Once signed, they may (if desired) date/time stamp their envelopes or cover memos pertaining to the item(s) being delivered. This stamp will also be placed at the front security counter.
- Attorneys/couriers may then proceed through the security screening checkpoint and place the items in the drop box which will be located near the PBSO podium just past the security screening.
- The North County K-9 Deputy will make rounds twice per day to sniff items in drop box (prior to 10:00 am and again prior to 4:00 pm).
- After the K-9 Deputy’s morning check, staff of the Law Library will retrieve the items from the drop box and take them to the clerk’s office and sort them in the judicial mail bins. Note: The staff at the law library does not pick up everyday.
- JAs and Magistrates’ Assistants may then pick up the hand deliveries from the mail bins along with their USPS mail.
Once the mailroom is operational in the Sally Port, hand deliveries will be taken to the new mailroom.
Important E-Service Information
In accordance with the 15th Judicial Circuit's Administrative Order 2.310, please ensure that primary and secondary email addresses are registered with Court Administration. Visit the Online Services page.
Please be reminded that the filing of an e-mail designation with the Clerk's Office is NOT a registration with Court Administration for JUDICIAL e-service.
JUDICIAL e-service is also NOT e-filing. E-filing is done through the Clerk's Office E-portal.
Our office DOES NOT ACCEPT E-MAIL EXCEPT when given permission from the Judge or Judicial Assistant to send letters/pleadings/proposed Orders and/or Judgments via e-mail. If you wish to e-mail Judge Scher's chambers, you must call and receive permission from his Judicial Assistant before doing so.
Important Information Below Regarding E-Service
Please be advised that family division "FH" is participating in Judicial E-Service (from the court to counsel), if all parties are represented by counsel and have a valid e-mail address. When submitting a proposed order or judgment to our office, via U.S. regular mail, for Judge Scher's signature (if all parties are represented by counsel and have a valid e-mail address), you do not have to submit conforming copies or self-addressed, stamped envelopes, as the judicial assistant will e-mail the signed order/judgment back to counsel. Counsel - save your postage!!!!!!!
Please note - Probate/Guardianship Division "IH" is NOT participating in Judicial E-Service at this time. When submitting a proposed order or judgment to our office for Judge Scher's signature for Division "IH" matters, please submit the original pleading with conforming copies and self-addressed, stamped envelopes for all parties.
Please make note of the new Administrative Order 2.311 which relates to Notice of Change of Address/Substitutions of Counsel and Designation of Attorney of Record. This Administrative Order contains specific language which must be included in the proposed Order submitted to the Court for signature.
Please be advised that Courtcall.com is the service provider used for the purposes of scheduling and appearing at a hearing via telephone. If you wish to appear at a hearing via telephone, you MUST contact courtcall.com and make the appropriate arrangements at least 48 business hours prior to the scheduled hearing date and time. If there will be testimony taken it is the responsibility of the party appearing via Courtcall.com to have a certified Notary available.
Our office DOES NOT accept faxes.
Our office CANNOT and WILL NOT accept any personal correspondence on a case. If you have a matter to bring to the Court's attention, please file the proper Motion with the Clerk of Court.
Income Withholding for Support Order and Florida Addendum
Please note that the previously used "Income Deduction Order" has now been replaced with the Income Withholding for Support Order and Florida Addendum (IWO). The "IWO" is a required FEDERAL form to be used for all cases involving support.
Are provided by the Court for Incapacity, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Repeat Violence ONLY. For all other hearings, it is the responsibility of the party needing an interpreter to bring to Court an interpreter who is certified, language skilled, provisionally approved or who is registered with the Office of State Court Administrator as required by Rule 2.560 and Rule 2.565 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. For further information or for assistance locating an interpreter, please visit our Court Interpreters page. Persons unable to obtain an interpreter may bring someone to assist. The Court shall determine if they are qualified to interpret the proceedings.