FY Divisional News
Court Update on Coronavirus
(check back frequently for updates)
Please see the recent 15th Judicial Circuit regarding Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19, Administrative Order No. 12.510 Please refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Website for the courts latest updates regarding COVID-19.
Based on the Administrative Order, only essential in-person court proceedings are being held. All non-essential in-person proceedings are suspended until further order of the Chief Judge. These would include the suspension of the in-person UMC docket for Family and Probate as well as the ex parte Probate Docket. All non-essential proceedings will be handled by telephone when possible, or will be rescheduled if necessary. There will be no hearings set on Fridays, unless set by court order.
Essential Court Proceedings pertaining to Family/Probate/Guardianship are the following:
Emergency Temporary Guardianship
Domestic Violence Injunctions
Baker and Marchman Acts and
Any other Emergency pre-determined by the judge and set by court order
Per the AO, when possible, essential court proceedings will be held remotely using communication equipment. If it is not possible to conduct the proceeding remotely, then the judge will consider handling the hearing in court with the appropriate social distancing.
Telephone conference providers include Court Call (888-882-6878), CourtScribes (833-727-4237 ext 3), and Zoom (888-799-9666), however parties may utilize their own conference call provider if they have one. If using a teleconference provider that does not automatically provide a dial-in number, the Notice of Hearing must include the number and passcode that the Court will use to initiate the call at the time of the hearing. The judicial assistant must be notified what telephonic method will be used for the hearing PRIOR to the hearing.
All Agreed Orders and Proposed Orders shall be submitted through the OLS system. All motions may be submitted through the Division CAD email, or as attachments to proposed orders in OLS.
We will continue to hear all UMC matters telephonically, including uncontested dissolution of marriage hearings, or any other hearing that can be handled by phone. Please continue to schedule UMCs online via online scheduling. For an uncontested final hearing/divorce, please provide the Court with a copy of the testifying party's driver's license in advance, which may be uploaded in OLS as an attachment to the Final Judgment. One party must have a notary present at one attorney's office to testify under oath.
Most evidentiary hearings cannot be handled remotely. If you believe that your case requires emergency action pursuant to Family Admin. Order 5.203-1/17 or Probate Admin. Order 6.104-11/14, please file the appropriate motion in writing for the judge's consideration.
All proposed orders must be submitted electronically, see division instructions, and therefore, no paper will be passed to the judge or deputy in court.
Contested Final Hearings and Trials
Most contested final hearings and trials will not be handled by telephone at this time, therefore, they will need to be rescheduled for a later date. Parties are encouraged to participate in mediation or other alternatives for dispute resolution (which may also be done by telephone during this time), to attempt to resolve disputes which would otherwise require a trial.
Probate Ex-Parte Hearings are Cancelled until Further Notice.
Physical hearings for probate ex-parte have been suspended until further notice. Counsel and parties seeking ex-parte relief should continue to submit documents to the Court via Online Services System along with proposed orders. The case will be reviewed in the order in which it is received. For expedited review, submit a completed and correct Probate Checklist, as explained in detail in the Divisional Instructions for Division IX.
Before contacting the office, please review the 15th Judicial Circuit website and the division instructions. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and please stay safe and healthy.
For more information see the home page of our website.
Administrative Orders Concerning COVID-19
|12.510-3/2020 – Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19|
|12.511-3/2020 – Restricting Certain Visitors to the Courthouses|
UPDATE: For any post-judgment matter, Judge Schosberg Feuer requires you to mediate before requesting hearing time with our office. You will only receive available hearing time once you have been to mediation (within 10 days of filing a motion to petition).
The Fifteenth Circuit has launched a new ex-parte calendaring app that will serve all probate divisions in South County, North County and West Palm Beach.
Prior to first use, users must create an account in the Court's Online Services (current users can use their existing account).
The ex parte calendaring application can also be accessed by clicking the following link or by visiting www.15thcircuit.com and selecting "View All Web Applications" from within the Circuit Web Applications box"
Please take note that both Divisions FY and IX are now participating in online scheduling.Please refer to the Suspension Page for Updates.
Once a hearing has been scheduled online, and an order has been signed by the judge, you cannot add on motions to be heard.
Do not schedule post-judgment matters online, unless you have an objection and order sustaining objection to the magistrate docketed in the court file.
You may not send an agreed order to cancel a trial . If you need a continuance of a matter that is not an ex-parte hearing or a UMC hearing, you must file a motion to continue and set the matter for UMC Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:45 am. Please check the suspension dates to make sure court is in session.
The court must consider certain criteria defined in FL §744.108 when reviewing attorney and Guardian fees; therefore, all fee petitions shall include the nature and value of the ward's assets at the time of filing, the monthly income earned and the monthly expenses of the ward.
- Please remember to check suspension dates before doing your UMC Notice of Hearing for the Uniform Motion Calendar. The JA will update the suspension docket periodically prior to each month.
- If you schedule any hearing, UMC or Special Set, Please remember to provide a courtesy copy to the JA so the Judge can view it prior to your hearing via email (CAD-DivisionFY@pbcgov.org or CAD-DivisionIX@pbcgov.org) three business days prior to the hearing.
- Please also take note of Courthouse Holidays on the Circuit website before scheduling hearings.
- Attorney/Guardian Fees:
The court must consider certain criteria defined in FL §744.108 when reviewing attorney and Guardian fees; therefore,all fee petitions shall include the nature and value of the ward's assets at the time of filing, the monthly income earned and the monthly expenses of the ward.