For Circuit Civil Division "AK"
As of March 20, 2020 the following Divisional Instructions have been updated.
During the duration of Administrative Order No.: 12.510-03/2020.4*, all hearings will be conducted via telephone and must be pre-arranged with a telephone conference provider. This requirement applies to pro se litigants as well as attorneys.
The party must select the vendor, contact the vendor and pay the vendor. The Court cannot select a vendor nor can the Court direct that the litigants use one vendor over another.
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There may be others and attorneys are free to seek out other vendors all parties must must be in agreement in the vendor selected.
The Notice of Hearing must include all the instructions of how the parties participate in the selected communications platform.
Per Administrative Order AO 12.510 The Chief Judge has suspended all hearings on Fridays on the following dates: March 27th, 2020, April 3rd, 2020, April 10th, 2020 (Holiday), April 17th, 2020, April 24th, 2020 and May 1st, 2020 with the exception of first appearances and other emergencies.
In response to the on–going efforts to minimize the transmission of COVID-19, Division AK is CANCELLING all matters set in this division through March 27th, 2020. At this time the Court will not issue a reset date for hearings set during that time period. The Court will open a block time in the future and I expect to resume normal, previously scheduled hearings at 8:30 on March 27, 2020 between now and then I will update you as they become available to us. The Court will continue to work on matters via email and will keep all parties informed as to the opening of available time slots in the near future to reset matters canceled. During these difficult times we seek to act in accordance with the Administrative Order AOSC20-15 and AOSC 20-13 issued by the Supreme Court of Florida and the Administrative Order AO 12.510 issued by the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit to minimize person to person contact until we receive further direction from our local and global authorities on the best practices to insure that we are doing our part to reduce the spread of this virus. I assure you we do not take these steps lightly and that I will continue to assess the situation with an eye toward balancing the interests of justice against the potential for adding to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your understanding during these stressful times and look forward to returning to normal operations as soon as safely possible.
Be safe and healthy!
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