R Divisional News

Coronavirus Update

Please refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit website for the latest updates regarding COVID-19.  Per Administrative Order No. 12.510, only essential cases may be heard in-person, including but not limited to bond motions, pre-negotiated pleas, arraignments and 30-day State to file hearings.

The Court is also holding, and encourages nonessential hearings telephonically or via ZOOM in compliance with the Florida Supreme Court's directive.  Please contact the Judicial Assistant to schedule a hearing.


Judge Shepherd wishes a fond farewell to retiring Judge Jeff Colbath. Judge Colbath served Palm Beach County with distinction for many years and he will be missed. Judge Shepherd was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on October 1, 2019 to replace Judge Colbath.

Please refer to Division R Instructions for answers to frequently asked questions and guidance on division practices.