FD and ID Divisional Instructions

Uniform Motion Calendar is held Tuesday through Thursday in Courtroom 6C at 8:45 a.m. and requires five business days notice unless the parties agree to short notice. The hearings are done on a first come, first serve basis and are not scheduled, canceled or confirmed with our office, nor do we keep a "calendar". Please check the court's suspension dates prior to scheduling a UMC hearing. Prior to the hearing, please submit by regular mail paper copies of the notice of hearing and motion for the Judge to review. Counsel should bring to the hearing a proposed order granting/denying the motion.

Telephone hearings are not permitted on Uniform Motion Calendar. They are permitted by special setting only and one party must appear in person. Contact Judicial Assistant to arrange.

Specially Set Hearings of thirty minutes or less are scheduled online and the parties should not call the Judicial Assistant to special set hearings. The hearing times are set in 15 or 30 minute increments. The parties should not set more than 30 minutes per case per day. Our office does not require an order setting hearing. Please submit by regular mail, paper copies of the notice of hearing and motion(s) at least five business days prior to the hearing for the Judge to review. Please do not submit these documents to the Family Division "FD" e-mail address or "CAD" box. Counsel should bring to the hearing a proposed order granting/denying the motion. Please do not call the judicial assistant if there are no available hearing dates or dates the parties cannot agree to. The Judicial Assistant monitors the online scheduling on a regular basis and will open dates as they become available. What is listed is what is available.

Online scheduling is for attorneys only. Self-represented (pro se) litigants must contact the division case manager, Connie Thomas, at 561-355-4656 to schedule hearings.

Self-represented (pro se) litigants. If you are a self-represented (pro se) litigant, please contact the division case manager, Connie Thomas at 561-355-4656. The judicial assistant cannot give legal advice, advise how to proceed with your case or prepare legal forms. If you are in need of assistance or need forms and instructions for filing requests they are available through the Self Service Center located at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida. The Self Service Center offers a variety of packets to file various petitions, motions and notices. If you are in search of some legal advice, there is an attorney available at the Self Service Center. Please call 561-355-7048 or visit to obtain instructions and packet price information.

Temporary relief hearings are limited to 30 minutes and should not be set for hearing unless mediation has been held and a settlement has not been reached.

All post judgment and child support matters are heard by the Magistrate. There must be one Order of Referral to Magistrate for EACH motion or pleading filed which includes the date of filing, the specific Magistrate assigned, and the hearing room number of the Magistrate listed immediately above the style of the case. Please see Administrative Order 5.104-11/16 regarding Appointment of Magistrates Unified Family Court Cases. Please visit the court's website at 15thcircuit.com "Magistrates" for additional information regarding Magistrate names, phone numbers and procedures.

Adoptions require a letter to the Judge requesting a hearing. A Staff Attorney will review the court file and the Judicial Assistant will contact the attorney once the matter is ready to be special set for hearing.

Temporary custody matters require a letter to the Judge requesting a hearing. The Judge will review the court file and the Judicial Assistant will contact the attorney once the matter is ready to be special set for hearing. Temporary custody matters cannot be set for hearing unless this procedure has been followed.

Cancellation of a Special Set Hearing is not permitted unless the case or motion has been resolved. Please call the Judicial Assistant if this is the case. All other reasons require a motion be filed and set for hearing on Uniform Motion Calendar.

Request to reset a Special Set Hearing requires a motion be filed and set for hearing on Uniform Motion Calendar.

Hearings over thirty minutes are set by court order upon receipt by regular mail of a paper copy of a Motion for Lengthy Hearing indicating the amount of time needed and the name of the motion(s). Please note that the Judicial Assistant will not call your office to coordinate a date; rather, any notices of unavailability filed in the court file will be taken into consideration prior to setting the hearing.

Notices to Set Cause for Trial are set by court order upon receipt by regular mail of a paper copy of the Notice to Set Cause for Trial indicating the amount of time needed. Please include the parties mailing addresses in addition to the e-mail address on the service list. It is not necessary to submit self addressed stamped envelopes for mailing of the trial order (except in instances where there is a pro se litigant that may not have an e-mail address), as the court will electronically file the order to all registered e-mail addresses. Please note that the judicial assistant will not call your office to coordinate a date; rather, any notices of unavailability filed in the court file will be taken into consideration prior to setting the trial. Trials are generally scheduled about 45 – 60 days out.

Marking trial exhibits. Attorney's must have the exhibits properly marked with their own stickers prior to trial in order for the trial to start on time.

Settled cases. If your case has settled, please call the Judicial Assistant and advise the court in writing, by regular mail, indicating if the case is set for trial.

Continuances for trial require a hearing on Uniform Motion Calendar prior to trial, even if "agreed" to by counsel.

Electronic filing of orders. The parties should submit by regular mail paper copies of proposed orders; notices for hearing; motions and trial notices. Please note that these documents should include the parties mailing addresses in addition to the e-mail address on the service list. It is not necessary to submit extra copies for conforming or self addressed stamped envelopes (except in instances where there is a pro se litigant that may not have an e-mail address), as the court will electronically file the order to all registered e-mail addresses. Please do not submit these documents to the Family Division "FD" e-mail address or "CAD" box.

All Stipulations for Substitution of Counsel must include the client's signed consent.

All Motions to Withdraw as Counsel must be set for hearing, with notice to client and all parties and attorneys.

Emergency motions should not be set for hearing. Upon receipt of the emergency motion filed with the Clerk's Office, the Clerk will deliver a copy by e-mail to the Judge for review. If the Judge determines a hearing should be set the Judicial Assistant will contact your office. Please see Administrative Order No. 5.203-5/09 regarding Emergency Matters in Family Law Cases.

E-mails, faxes and hand deliveries are not accepted by our office. Our office does not communicate via e-mail/or the "CAD" box. For security reasons, all hand deliveries must be left at the first floor information desk.

Receipt of letters, proposed orders and confirmation of signed orders cannot be confirmed with our office due to the volume of mail received and processed each day. Calls regarding these matters only result in unnecessary delays in processing the orders.

Court directory and administrative orders/forms can be accessed on the court's website at https://www.15thcircuit.com .

Court Reporters are not provided by the court. Please notify the court reporter if your hearing or trial has been cancelled.

Electronic equipment is not provided by our office. For a fee, the law library rents various equipment. They may be reached at 561-355-2928.