RB Divisional News

DIVISION RB AMENDED PROCEDURES
IN RE: MITIGATING MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Pursuant to Supreme Court and Local Administrative Order, AOSC20-12, AOSC 20-13, and AO 12.510-03/2020., all non-essential proceedings are hereby suspended for in-person appearances.

Pre-Trial Conferences set through May 1, 2020 are Suspended and will be Reset

All non-evidentiary UMC and special set hearings will be conducted telephonically. 

Effective March 20, 2020 through May 1, 2020 or until further notice, the following procedures apply:

  1. The moving party shall be responsible for coordinating telephonic or video appearance and advising the Court of how the parties will be reached to conduct the hearing.  This requirement applies to Pro Se litigants as well as attorneys.
  2. All parties must agree to the phone service to be utilized for the hearing and the moving party shall provide one local or toll-free call-in number to the Court.If you wish to use  CourtCall, CourtScribes, or Zoom for your telephonic appearance, or any other vendor, contact them directly to register.
  3. For hearings already scheduled: please email the Judicial Assistant as soon as possible with the phone conferencing information (please include time & date of hearing and case information in your email) to
  4. For new hearings: all hearings (UMC and special set) can continue to be scheduled as normal using on-line scheduling. The moving party shall include the phone or video conferencing information in the Notice of Hearing and email a courtesy copy to CAD-DivisionRB@pbcgov.org.
  5. For non-evidentiary hearings: all relevant papers must be filed in advance of the hearing. If a paper does not yet appear on the docket, please email a courtesy copy to CAD-DivisionRB@pbcgov.org at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance. Please do not mail hard copies at this time.
  6. For evidentiary hearings and trials: parties are requested to stipulate to the admissibility of evidence to the greatest extent possible. All parties must exchange evidence no later than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the hearing/trial (if not already exchanged pursuant to the pre-trial order), and email a courtesy copy to CAD-DivisionRB@pbcgov.org. Any party objecting to the admission of evidence shall file their specific objections and basis for same and send a courtesy copy to CAD-DivisionRB@pbcgov.org.

    Any party calling a live witness shall ensure the witness can be connected through the same telephone or video conference. Similarly, any party ordering a court reporter shall ensure the court reporter can be connected through the same telephone or video conference.

    Pursuant to Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order, “all rules of procedure, court orders, and opinions applicable to remote testimony, depositions, and other legal testimony, … that can be read to limit or prohibit the use of audio-video communications equipment to administer oaths remotely…, are hereby suspended” through March 27 or until further order.

  7. Note: Most filings take up to three (3) days to appear on the docket. If you do not see your filing on the docket in time for a hearing, please send a courtesy copy to the Division at CAD-DivisionRB@pbcgov.org .

Pro Se litigants that have access to email are encouraged to fill out and file with the Clerk an email designation form. This will allow the Court to submit orders to the parties via email instead of sending in the U.S. Postal Service which will greatly reduce the time for the parties' communication with each other and the Court. Please see www.mypalmbeachclerk.com for instructions.

Please email the Judicial Assistant as soon as possible with all the phone conferencing information (please include time & date of hearing and case information in your email) to CAD-DivisionRB@pbcgov.org.

Divisional email will continue to be monitored and responded to throughout the State of Emergency and all phone calls will be returned. Please continue to check Divisional Instructions for additional updates.