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Coronavirus Update

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.  The Court is hearing these every day.

The Court is also holding, and encourages nonessential hearings by Zoom or telephonically in compliance with the Florida Supreme Court's directive.  Please contact my Judicial Assistant, Gloria Lozano, at glozano@pbcgov.org to schedule a hearing.  Do not email the CAD box.

For evidentiary hearings handled on Zoom, the party calling the witness is responsible for sending the Zoom link to their witness.

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.


Motions must be filed with the Clerk of Court before contacting the Judicial Assistant for scheduling.  Also, the party noticing the hearing shall certify on the Notice of Hearing that a good faith attempt was made to resolve the matter prior to setting it for hearing.  This is pursuant to Local Rule 4.

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.

Local Rule 4

The Court expects strict compliance with Local Rule 4.

Prior to setting a matter for hearing, the party or attorney noticing the motion/matter shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve. All notices of hearing for matters scheduled for hearing shall set forth directly above the signature block, the below certifications without modification and shall designate with a check mark or other marking the specific certification which applies:

Counsel has conferred with all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion in a good faith effort to resolve or narrow the issues raised.