E Divisional News

The Honorable Robert Panse oversees Division E
County Criminal Judge

DIVISION E NEWS AND INSTRUCTIONS For Implementation of Florida Supreme Court/15th Judicial Circuit Administrative Orders and COVID-19 Mitigation Procedures (as of 3/23/20)

The telephonic procedures required herein pertain to all hearings in which the Defendant's appearance is not required or otherwise waived, unless superseded by subsequent order of this Court.

Defense Counsel shall be available telephonically for all hearings at Defense Counsel's telephone number of record in the case unless otherwise required or ordered by the Court. The Court will initiate the conference call with the Defendant's attorney and the State Attorney's office at the beginning of or after the scheduled hearing time. Defense Counsel shall be available to receive the call and participate in the hearing from the beginning of the scheduled hearing time until the hearing is completed.

It is Defense Counsel's responsibility to provide to the Court in a timely manner any alternative telephone number should Defense Counsel wish to be called at a different telephone number from that on record in the case. Further, it shall be Defense Counsel's responsibility to review the clerk's database in each particular case to determine if the appropriate telephone number is designated at which Defense Counsel can be reached at the time of the scheduled hearing. Similarly, the lead Assistant State Attorney shall provide the Court's Judicial Assistant with the participating telephone number, and shall be available to receive and participate in all telephonic calls for all hearings until the docket is concluded.

It is imperative that the attorneys announce themselves each time they speak, as well as speak slowly and pause intermittently to allow the Court to have the opportunity to interject when needed.

The State and Defense Counsel are encouraged to communicate in advance of all scheduled hearings to attempt in good faith to resolve or narrow all issues. Counsel shall submit agreed orders (electronically in WORD) to the Court no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing, which if approved by the Court may under most circumstances alleviate the need for the hearing.

Defense counsel are encouraged to file waivers of speedy trial where appropriate and submit agreed orders (electronically in Word) resetting case dispositions and status hearings (and other non-essential hearings where appropriate) in order to avoid unnecessary motion practice and unnecessary hearings.

All counsel shall continue to monitor the Court's divisional instructions as well as the 15th Judicial Circuit's and Florida Supreme Court's Administrative Orders concerning emergency operations, and suspension/modification/implementation of court rules/procedures arising out of or related to mitigation of the spread of COVID 19.

**Compliance with Local Rule 4 applies to all motion hearings. Prior to setting a motion hearing the party or attorney noticing the motion shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall, in the Notice of Hearing, certify that  good faith attempts have been made to resolve the matter.