RD Divisional News

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 26, 2020

Pursuant to Supreme Court and Local Administrative Order, AOSC20-12, AOSC 20-13, and AO 12.510-03/2020.7, all non-essential in person proceedings are hereby suspended. Only telephonic hearings will be held until further notice.

UMC hearings and Non-Evidentiary special set hearings must be set online with the Online Scheduling System and must continue to be in compliance with Local Rule 4 and proper notice. Unlike our usual policy, there is no opportunity for walk-ins for UMC. These events shall be conducted telephonically only. You may use any conference call service to conduct your telephonic hearing but please coordinate with all parties. The moving party must 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) at cad-divisionRD@pbcgov.org If you wish to use CourtCall for your telephonic appearance, contact CourtCall directly at (888) 882-6878.

Telephonic hearings will take more time, please be patient. If your event is on our OLS calendar it will be heard.

If there is agreement of the parties to cancel a special set hearing or the request is by the scheduling party, please contact CAD-DivisionRD@pbcgov.org for further direction.

Pre Trial Conferences, Case management conferences and Eviction mediations/rent determination hearings/final hearings on possession are suspended until further notice.

Proposed orders: Beginning immediately all Orders for Division RD are to be submitted in Word format through the 15th Judicial Circuit Online Services through the Online Scheduling. Any supporting documents for the Court to review should be efiled with the Clerk and then submitted as attachments to the order. If your order contains footnotes, please contact cad-divisionRD@pbcgov.org

All courthouse buildings remain open. Mediations will be held remotely Monday through Friday. On the following Fridays, all court hearings are suspended with the exception of: first appearances at the Gun Club Criminal Justice Complex, juvenile detention and shelter hearings at the Main Courthouse, walk-in/emergency Baker Act and Marchman Act hearings at the South, North and Main Courthouses, and any other emergency or time sensitive hearing as specially set by any judge at any courthouse.

  • March 27, 2020
  • April 3, 2020
  • April 10, 2020*
    *(Court Holiday—Baker/Marchman walk-ins and Juvenile hearings will be held at Gun Club)
  • April 17, 2020
  • April 24, 2020
  • May 1, 2020

If your case has a Final Hearing/Non-Jury Trial set on one of these dates, at the present time we are not able to offer a reset date for your hearing.  As soon as we have more information, we will make dates available for hearings.

Please continue to monitor 15thcircuit.com and Judge Corlew's webpage for updated information.


This division will adhere to the Supreme Court of Florida No. SC14-721

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.520.


Telephonic Hearings

CourtCall handles all telephonic hearings.

Local Rule 4

pdf Local Rule No. 4

Prior to setting a matter on the motion calendar, the party or attorney noticing the motion shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve.

Cancellations

To cancel a hearing (SPECIAL SETS only), please notify the Court with a Courtesy Phone Call and file a Notice of Cancellation with the Clerk's Office. Please send a courtesy copy to the judge. NO E-mails are accepted without prior authorization.

E-Service

County Court Division RD participates in the Court's online-eservice program in "Judicial eservice" (optional electronic mailing of orders from Court to Counsel/Registered Parties). If any counsel and or/party are not registered with the Court's online system, counsel shall provide self-addressed stamped envelopes for these parties to be served. See Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. See Also Administrative Order 2.310.

Division RD is currently e-serving Orders to Attorneys/parties who have registered their primary and secondary email addresses with the 15th Judicial Circuit. Ensure your registration for Judicial E-Service.

E-Filing Please note that E-Filing is the electronic filing of documents with the office of the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County. See Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.515.

Strict Compliance with Amended RJA 2.520

Effective January 1, 2015, The Florida Supreme Court mandated space for recording, date and time stamps on documents. All documents filed with the Court must have one-inch margins on all sides. All documents to be recorded in the Official Records must also have a blank 3-inch x 3-inch space on the top right of the first page and a blank 1-inch x 3-inch space on the top right of all subsequent pages (e.g. Judgments, Orders of Dismissal, Stipulations of Dismissal/Settlement). Documents that do not comply with these rules will be returned to the sender for correction prior to being filed with the Clerk & Comptroller. See Florida Supreme Court Order SC14-721; Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.520.

Thank you everyone for your professionalism and courtesy.

Our Divisional Instructions and Suspension Calendar are very helpful in setting your hearings. Please use them as a guideline.