AD Divisional Instructions

Division AD will be utilizing zoom technology to minimize the number of in-person hearings due to Coronavirus ("COVID-19").  Please monitor for any updates to these and other mitigating measures in response to COVID-19 at the Court's main webpage and the respective main webpage of the Judge.

See 15thcircuit.com; or Division AD News Page


I. Uniform Motion Calendar Hearings ("UMC")

Uniform Motion Calendar ("UMC") hearings are held remotely on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 A.M. and are set on the Online Services. Scheduling is solely between the parties. Please do not call the Judicial Assistant to schedule or cancel a UMC hearing. When scheduling or cancelling a UMC hearing, please go to the Court's online services/ scheduling system to reserve the hearing on the Court's UMC docket, and if cancelling the hearing, to remove the hearing from the Court's UMC docket.

Scheduling UMC Hearings

Before scheduling, attorneys must first file the motion and give opposing side(s) at least five (5) business days' notice, unless parties agree to short notice. Upon reservation of the hearing date, a notice of hearing must be filed with the Clerk's office; and if such notice is not attached upon reservation, a  copy should be sent to the Court at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org

Attorneys should always attempt to clear a date chosen with opposing counsel. Mandatory compliance with Local Rule No. 4 is strictly enforced. Attorneys are required to "make reasonable efforts to actually speak to one another and engage in reasonable compromises to resolve or narrow the disputes before seeking court intervention." Prior to scheduling, the attorney noticing the motion shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify to the Court the good faith attempt to resolve.

UMC is strictly for non-evidentiary motions which can be heard in a total of 10 minutes (5 minutes per side). Default Final Judgments may be set on the Uniform Motion Calendar. However, motions for attorney's fees, summary judgment, and any evidentiary matters are not appropriate for UMC and should be specially set for hearing.

The Court reviews all motions prior to the hearing. A copy of the Notice of Hearing and the motion or other pertinent pleading must be sent to chambers in advance.

Notices of Hearing should be sent in copy to the Court's Online Services System via "E-Courtesy" or e-mailed to the Division at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org in advance of the hearing.

  • If any parties to be served the Court's order at the conclusion of the UMC hearing are not registered for judicial e-service, please mail a copy of the Notice of Hearing with self-addressed stamped envelopes for those non-registered parties to the Court prior to the hearing. 
  • If you are attending the hearing in person, kindly bring those self-addressed stamped envelopes with you. 
  • Motions or other supporting documents should be delivered through the Court's Online Services system or to CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org prior to the hearing.
  • Proposed orders will be required to be submitted through the Court's Online Services at the conclusion of hearings.  Please do not submit proposed orders in advance of the hearing or through the Court's online system.  These orders will be rejected and returned unsigned; however, agreed orders will be considered.

Cancellation UMC Hearings

To cancel a hearing scheduled for UMC, the scheduling attorney's office must file a Notice of Cancellation and submit at copy to the Court via CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org. In addition, that attorney's office must login to the 15th Judicial Circuit's Online Services, select "Uniform Motion Calendar "UMC" Scheduling; Select "Cancel Hearings" and follow the directions on the screen.

II. Specially Set Hearings

Specially Set Hearings are available in blocks of 15 and 30 minutes and are scheduled via the Division AD online calendar through Online Services unless otherwise reserved with the Court. Prior to scheduling a special set hearing online or otherwise, you must 1) clear the hearing date and time with ALL parties, and 2) have previously filed/docketed your motion(s).

Written requests for hearing time may be received at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org for the Court's consideration outside of the Court's online calendar IF counsel/parties believe a matter to be timely and there are absolutely no available dates.

All e-mail requests for scheduling hearings shall be copied to all counsel/ parties of record and include the Division AD case number, the name of the motion(s), the file date of the motion(s), the amount of time needed for reservation, and a short list of joint availability for the Court's consideration. If any counsel or party is not registered with the Court's online services/ scheduling system, then the written request should be sent manually by U.S. mail to the Court's attention (including agreed to dates and/or timeframe requested for the hearing) with copy to all counsel/ parties of record (including complete e-mail addresses or mailing addresses of the respective parties).  E-mails that are not copied to all counsel/ parties or show that parties are not registered with the Court's online services/scheduling system may be rejected. Local Rule No. 4 is strictly enforced.

Upon receipt of your written request, Judge Goodman will review the request and motion(s), and determine availability and time allotted. Upon the direction of the Court, and upon determination of same, the judicial assistant will reply to the request with the available dates and instructions to set the matter to calendar.

Please include the name and contact information of the requesting party and associated counsel/parties of record (including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) when providing the written request by mail. Further, please indicate parties' joint availability and preferred dates and timeframes preferred for consideration in order for the Court to provide an efficient response.

If all counsel/parties do not agree to the date(s) provided, counsel/parties, in the alternative, may come before the Court at Uniform Motion Calendar to obtain a special set hearing date with adequate notice.

REQUESTS FOR EXTENDED HEARING TIME (30 minutes or more): If a case has multiple motions or if any of the parties believe that the hearing will take longer than 30 minutes, the moving party shall submit a written request including a courtesy copy of the motion(s) with a cover letter to the Court indicating the full title of the motion(s), the docket number and file date, how much time is needed for the hearing, whether the hearing is evidentiary or non-evidentiary, and a list of joint availability of all counsel/parties associated with the motion(s) for the Court's consideration.

These written requests for hearing time are received at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org for consideration outside of the online calendar. E-mail requests for scheduling hearings shall be copied to all counsel/ parties of record. If any counsel or party is not registered with the Court's online services/ scheduling system  then the written request should be sent manually by U.S. mail with copy all counsel/ parties in print.  E-mails that are not copied to all parties and/or that show that parties are not registered with the Court's online services/scheduling system may be rejected.

Upon receipt of the request, Judge Goodman will review the motion(s) and determine availability and time to be allotted, and provide same to the judicial assistant who will reply to the request with the available dates and further direction for setting the matter to calendar. If all counsel/parties do not agree to the date provided, counsel/parties may come before the Court at Uniform Motion Calendar to obtain a special set hearing date with adequate notice.

Please include the name and contact information of the requesting party and associated counsel/parties of record (including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) when providing the written request by mail. Further, please indicate parties' joint availability and preferred dates and timeframes for consideration.

Special Set Hearings are set by Court Order and canceled by Court Order: All Specially Set Hearings are set by Court Order (not by Notice of Hearing alone) and cannot be canceled except by further Court Order, unless the matter is settled (with an agreed order submitted to the Court), or the motion is withdrawn (with a copy of the notice of withdrawal furnished to the Court). 

Special Set Hearings are held remotely with exception to evidentiary hearings and bench trials, unless otherwise determined by the Court.

Any motions for continuance of a specially set hearing must be set on Uniform Motion Calendar. Once the date is scheduled on the online system, a proposed order will be generated automatically and submitted to the Court for review.

Please ensure that your order is submitted upon confirming your reservation, and include the date of the hearing, the time of the hearing, the time reserved for hearing, and the full title of the motion, including the docket number and/or file date of the motion if known.  

Please mark whether the hearing is evidentiary or non-evidentiary and/or whether a party will be appearing by telephone. Further, exact certifications as required by Local Rule 4 are required and included in the order upon submission and on subsequent notice. A copy of the Motion should also be attached as an attachment when the order is uploaded to the Court online services system, and/or mailed to the Court in advance of the hearing.  Order must specify the complete names and mailing addresses, and email addresses of each person to be served copies. 

If any party is not registered with the Court's Online Services for electronic service, court documents and orders must specify the complete name and physical mailing address of each person who is to receive copies to ensure that these non-registered parties are properly served. See Administrative Order 2.310.

Materials in Support of Specially Set Matters

A copy of the motion, memorandum of law and case law must be sent directly to Judge Goodman, by  mail, express mail or hand-delivered to the Judicial drop box on the main floor of the courthouse, or by electronic mail at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org no later than five (5) days in advance of the scheduled hearing. Those portions of case law and documents to be considered by the Court should be appropriately tabbed and highlighted. 

For evidentiary hearings, the parties should provide pre-marked hard copies of all intended exhibits, evidence or demonstratives at the hearing or trial.  Hard copies of exhibits shall be mailed to the Court in advance of the hearing and/or trial. Exhibits must be physically mailed not electronically mailed. Any memorandum or materials provided to the Court shall be simultaneously sent to the opposing party. 

UNLESS OTHERWISE DETERMINED BY THE COURT:  All motions/ papers upon which the parties intend to rely for their scheduled hearings must be filed with the court in advance of the hearing. If the papers do not appear on the docket, the parties must submit copies of all documents which they intend to reference during the hearing via U.S. Mail (regular or overnight), or by courier (to be deposited in the Judges' Box at the Main Courthouse) with copies to all parties and with reference to the date and time of the hearing. If materials are no more than 10 pages, copies may be forwarded via electronic mail to the Division email address at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org

Pre-addressed stamped envelopes for all parties not registered for e-Service should be brought to the hearing. Please do not submit proposed orders in advance of the hearing on the Online Scheduling Application. They will be rejected and returned unsigned.

III. Submission of Orders

  • All Orders must have complete mailing addresses for all participating parties. See Administrative Order 2.306-09/08 and 2.310-5/14.
  • All Orders must have complete e-mail addresses for all registered parties. See Administrative Order 2.310-5/14.
  • All Orders are e-served to the registered email addresses of all counsel/ parties of record and to registered parties to the Court's online services system.  Service which require service to a party not represented by counsel ("pro se litigant") or to a party who is not registered with the Court's online services system (and who has perhaps opted-out of e-service) must indicate that the moving party will furnish a manual copy of the order to that party through U.S. mail.

Agreed Orders

If a Motion is resolved prior to hearing, an Agreed Order must be submitted to the Court's Online Services in Microsoft Word format separate from any attachments. The Order must say "Agreed Order on (Title of Motion)", and be sent to the Court via the Online Services in advance of the hearing. Please indicate the date and time of the hearing to which the Agreed Order is being submitted in reference thereto.

Please include a cover letter/sheet to Judge Goodman indicating that all parties have reviewed and agreed to the language of the proposed Agreed Order.  Also, please ensure the names, email and mailing addresses of all persons receiving copies must appear in the Agreed Order (and/or proposed order), pursuant to Administrative Order 2.306.

Proposed Orders

All orders shall be submitted via Online Services.  Users must be registered with the Court's Online Services and must be in full agreement to submitting orders and receiving service via the Court's Online Services.  If any party in the proceeding is not registered with the Court's Online Services, conformed copies must be mailed to each of the non-registered parties by regular U.S. mail to be properly served.  Any pro se litigant who has not served a designation must serve and be served as set out in Fla. R. Jud. Admin 2.516.

Pro Se litigants who are not registered with the Court's Online Services may designate a primary email address and a secondary email address by notice with the court for service to be directed in that proceeding if he/she decides to receive service by electronic means.  See Fla. R. Jud. Admin 2.516; see also Administrative Order 2.310.  If a pro se litigant decides to receive documents by electronic means instead of by U.S. mail, he/she may want to follow-up with notice on the opposing attorney or the opposing pro se litigant stating to which email address he/she wants to receive service in his/her case.

  1. If the order being submitted is without a hearing, a cover sheet shall accompany all submitted orders indicating either (a) the date and the time of the hearing in reference and/or (b) whether the opposing counsel/opposing party agrees or objects to the content and form of the order.  All submitted orders shall be uploaded separate from the attachment of correspondence and other supporting documents. A proposed order shall not be combined with other documents to form one submission. The order shall be uploaded in Microsoft Word format separate from the "attachment" (cover letter, motion). "Attachments" shall be uploaded in PDF format. An "attachment" is a distinct item (not to be combined in one document), and may be submitted with the order as an "attachment" unless the document is referenced sequentially in the order (exhibit) that is referenced sequentially in the order. Further, each order shall include a complete service list.  If moving counsel or pro se litigant finds that any of the parties to be served the order(s) are not registered with the Court's Online Services, and he/she attends the hearing, the Court asks that he/she kindly bring self-addressed stamped envelopes to the hearing for the Court to use to manually mail conformed copies of the final order(s) to those non-registered parties.
  2. If the order being submitted is at the conclusion of an in-person hearing, you will be asked to upload the order to the Court's Online Services directly, unless otherwise directed by the Court to submit the order within 24 hours from your computer at your office or otherwise. Most courtrooms are equipped with two computers that have been placed on each table of counsel, and shortcuts have been placed on the monitors of each desktop for counsel to select his/her choice of entry for submitting the Court's order at the conclusion of his/her hearing:
    • ICON/ Desktop Shortcut named:  UMC Order Generation.  This icon is generally used for order entry at the conclusion of all UMC hearings. You will need to input the case number, search "by template", modify the template therein, and when satisfied with the content, submit the order.
    • ICON/ Desktop Shortcut named:  OLS Online Services.  This icon is used by registered users for entry at the conclusion of all hearings [as a registered user would normally do at his/her office], and will direct registered users to the Court's Online Services Home/ Log-In page.  Registered users will need to input the case number, verify the case number, and select "Submit Order from Template" or "Submit Custom Order" to start the process.  Important Note:  If you choose this option for entry of the order, you will need to have your BAR # or your registered user email address and password at the ready to log-in to the Court's Online Services system (a/k/a OLS Online Services).  Further noting, that if you or your support staff prepared an electronic proposed order at your office in advance of the hearing, you may likely be able to pull your proposed order from your computer files if you happen to select "Submit Custom Order" during the process.  See "Submit an Order Online".

Counsel/parties will be expected to work together to ensure proper entry and to confirm with the Court (or the Courtroom Deputy) when the order is submitted, and prior to both exiting the courtroom.

Order submitted as a result of a hearing, whether in-person or remote, the date of the hearing and the named parties in attendance must be included within the first sentence of that order.

As to submitting proposed orders to the Court, it is suggested that you familiarize yourself with the Court's Online Services, specifically to the uploading and submission of an orders therein, including related instructions by and from the Court.  For further information, visit the Court Technology page or Courthelp4U (which web training has been provided by Court Technology for your reference at YouTube), and related Administrative Orders of this Court.

Judicial E-Service

Division AD electronically serves orders to attorneys/parties that have registered their primary and secondary e-mail addresses with the 15th Circuit. Please ensure that you have registered for judicial e-service on with the Court's Online Services. NOTE: THE FILING OF A "NOTICE OF E-MAIL DESIGNATION DOES NOT REGISTER YOU FOR JUDICIAL E-SERVICE. YOU MUST REGISTER WITHTHE 15TH CIRCUIT'S ONLINE SERVICES. Failure to register may result in orders being sent by default to the email address on file with the Florida Bar. See Administrative Orders 2.310 and 2.311.

If any party is not registered with the Court's Online Services, court documents and orders must specify the complete name and mailing address of each person who is to receive copies to ensure that any non-registered parties are properly served. Pre-addressed stamped envelopes shall be provided with all proposed orders for pro se parties and others without an email authorization or designation with the 15th Circuit. See also Administrative Order 2.312 as to Electronic Filing of Documents.

ALL ORDERS MUST INCLUDE THE COMPLETE NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, AND EMAIL ADDRESS OF ALL PARTIES FOR SERVICE

IV. Remote Appearance

During the duration of Administrative Order No. 12.510, and as a result of mitigating measures during and after COVID-19, most scheduled hearings will be conducted remotely using Zoom technology unless otherwise determined by the Court.

Until further notice, the above instructions shall apply to all scheduled hearings-unless otherwise determined by further Court Order. The below instructions will resume in the ordinary course when the above Administrative Order No. 12-510 (including amended versions thereof) is vacated.

  • Remote Appearance for specially set hearings that do not involve motions for show-cause orders, while permitted, is discouraged. If counsel nevertheless wishes to appear remotely, the same procedure as set forth above for remote appearance in UMC hearings applies.
  • Remote Appearance  for specially set hearings on motions for show-cause orders is not permitted.

Any testimony by a person for whom appearance remotely is sought must be in strict compliance with Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.530 and Fla.R.Civ.P. 1451(b).  If the party appearing remotely or by telephone plans to give testimony, he/she must be prepared to have a notary present with him/her to confirm his/her identification and/or to swear him/her in.

V. Stipulations for Substitution of Counsel

Stipulations for counsel substitution must comply with Fla. R. Jud. Admin 2.505(e). When counsel substitution is for an individual as distinct from an entity, it is especially imperative that the SUBSTITUTION NOTICE BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CONSENT SIGNED BY THE CLIENT. Submit the Motion and Order for signature by the Judge via the Online Scheduling System. See Administrative Order 2.311.

VI. Withdrawal of Counsel

All Motions to Withdraw must be set on the Uniform Motion Calendar for hearing, with proper notice to the client, and all parties/counsel, in accordance with Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.505(f)(i).

Pursuant to Florida Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.505(f), an order of substitution or withdrawal of counsel must be entered prior to a change of counsel when new counsel is not from the same law firm, company, or governmental agency as the replaced attorney.

Per Florida Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.505(e)(4), a notice of substitution of counsel should be filed when there is a change of attorney within the same law firm, company, or governmental agency representing a party. See Administrative Order 2.311-3.21*.

  • The proposed order on the Motion for Substitution of Counsel shall clearly direct the Clerk to update counsel of record and include the applicable identification of both the former and the new counsel of record, including their full name, Florida Bar number, mailing address, and e-mail address. The proposed order on the Motion for Withdrawal of Counsel shall clearly direct the Clerk to update counsel of record, identifying the individual attorney who will no longer serve as counsel, and for purposes of future service, provide the client's mailing address. See Administrative Order 2.311-3.21*.

VII. Ex-Parte Motions to Compel Discovery

No hearing is necessary if the Motion is in compliance with Administrative Order 3.202. The moving attorney must submit the Motion and Order for signature by the Judge via the Online Scheduling System.

VIII. Settlement or Dismissal of Case

If a case settles or is voluntarily dismissed and there are future hearings or a trial scheduled on the Court's docket, please filed the appropriate dismissal paperwork and notify the Judicial Assistant immediately to inform her of same.

If your case is settled, please notify the judicial assistant immediately, and send a copy of the filed Notice of Settlement to CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org

If your case is on an active trial docket, Judge Goodman will require parties to file and submit a courtesy copy of Notice of Settlement signed by both counsel and/or pro se litigant/s to CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org.  Additionally, the Court directs counsel to submit the appropriate dismissal paperwork timely.

If your case is on an active hearing docket, the Court would like the parties to inform the judicial assistant of those upcoming hearings that may have been scheduled or reserved that should be cancelled or removed in order to open up hearing/trial time for your peers and for other cases to be set.

IX. Requests for Emergency Hearing

Pursuant to Administrative Order 3.206, Judge Goodman will decide whether the reasons set forth in a motion for emergency hearing constitute an emergency. If the judge determines that the motion does allege a bona fide emergency, he will take whatever action he deems appropriate, including entry of an ex-parte order if permissible and warranted under the law. If you find your matter to be an "emergency", you will need to include "emergency"  in the title of the motion, file your motion, and select the "emergency filing" button on the Clerk's website when filing so the motion is processed timely and in accord with Administrative Order 3.206.

X. Notices to Set Cause for Trial

*Case Management Note:  At the direction of the Florida Supreme Court and the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Division AD will be implementing **Differentiated Case Plans, which plans apply to cases pending as of April 29, 2021 and cases filed on April 30, 2021 or later, and which requires parties to civil cases to confer and agree on a case track and certain management deadlines and model timeframes.  In accordance with this directive, DCM Agreed Case Management Plans shall be filed separately in PDF format and prior to the submission of the proposed DCM Order Approving Case Management Plan, which Order shall be submitted to the Court for entry in Microsoft Word format with a copy of the attached DCM Agreed Case Management Plain in separate PDF format. See Administrative Order 3.107 and Administrative Order 3.108. See also AD Forms and Orders 

*if you have any questions on Differentiated Case Plans after reviewing the posted directives and complement documents, please direct any and all questions to CAD-CircuitcivilCM@pbcgov.org for further guidance from the office of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

**If counsel/parties have concerns or questions regarding COVID-19, please monitor updates on related directives, measures, or standing Orders relating to COVID-19 at the Court's main webpage at www.15thcircuit.com and, if necessary, please express these concerns to the Court well in advance of trial.

When a case is at issue and ready to be set for trial, the original notice must be filed with the Clerk of Court and a courtesy copy sent to the assigned Division. 

All Notices of Trial should include the estimated time for trial and whether the case is to be set for non-jury or jury trial.  Further, the Notice should include the full and complete name, telephone number, mailing address and email address of counsel and any self-represented party in the case.

A courtesy copy of the Notice shall be sent to the Court at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org with the subject line:  NOTICE OF TRIAL (Case No./Case Style) to initiate the setting of a trial date. 

Trial Orders are e-served to all registered parties via Judicial E-Service.  However, if any party is not registered for judicial e-service, the moving party shall submit a copy of the Notice of Trial to the Court via U.S. Mail instead, and include the self-addressed stamped envelopes for those non-registered parties to be served.

Do not call the judicial assistant to inquire when the trial will be set. Jury and non-jury dockets are 6-8 weeks long and the docket call will be approximately10 days prior to the first day of the trial docket. Judge Goodman conducts trials on Mondays through Fridays; however, you may be called to trial before an alternate judge.

Prior to calendar call, counsel must have:

  1. participated in mediation,
  2. held a pretrial conference,
  3. exchanged itemized exhibit and witness lists,
  4. agreed on the length of time the trial will take, including jury selection where applicable,
  5. agreed on time periods during the upcoming trial docket when all counsel are available,
  6. filed the pretrial stipulation,
  7. collaborated on proposed jury instructions, providing trial clerk with a single copy, noting the parties differences, if any, on any specific provision,
  8. pre-marked the exhibits in accordance with instructions of the clerk and comptroller,
  9. exchanged pre-marked trial exhibits with opposing counsel, and
  10. scheduled for hearing prior to calendar call any motion in limine or other pretrial motion.

Circuit Civil Division AD Calendar Call has adopted an e-Calendar Call format and will be utilizing an "E-Calendar Call Form". Counsel/parties are directed to confer in advance of their scheduled calendar call and jointly complete and submit one joint "E-Calendar Call Form" to the Court at CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on the scheduled date of Calendar Call.

If the case settles, is voluntarily dismissed, or stayed, counsel must immediately contact the judicial assistant with added courtesy of informing the Court of any future hearings or upcoming trial date to be removed from the docket as a result thereof.  Further, counsel/parties shall submit a courtesy copy of the Notice of Settlement signed by both counsel and/or parties to CAD-DivisionAD@pbcgov.org to be removed from "active status" on the Court's trial docket. If all claims have been resolved, you must submit and file the appropriate dismissal papers, along with the Final Disposition Form (Form 1.998) as required by Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.545.  See above section: Settlement or Dismissal of Case.

XI. Motions for Rehearing or Relief-From-Judgment Motions

Post-judgment rehearing or relief motions, including motions for reconsideration, motions for clarification, and motions for new trial, may not be set for hearing online. File the original with the clerk and provide a copy with supporting authority to the judicial assistant via U.S. mail for review by Judge Goodman.

XII. Mandatory Compliance with Administrative Order 3.204 & Local Rule Number 3

All orders for dismissal, final judgments (summary, default or consent), amended final judgments, notices of voluntary dismissals, orders vacating final judgments, orders granting motion to amend final judgment, and any other closing documents must be in compliance with Supreme Court Order no. SC13-2384 amendments to Florida rule of judicial administration 2.520 requiring:

  • a 3 x 3 inch available space in the right upper hand corner;
  • one inch margin on all sides of documents
  • and pages must be consecutively numbered.

Failure to comply with this order will result in your proposed order being sent back with a memo. A final disposition form must be sent with all closing documents (see Divisional Forms and Orders).