RE Divisional Instructions

County Civil Court has jurisdiction over claims up to and including $15,000. A County Civil case is any civil matter that falls within the jurisdiction of County Court. Detail may be found in Chapter 34, Florida Statutes. County Civil Court also handles: Evictions (Landlord and Tenant Action) and Small Claims (Small claims are disputes involving money damages where the amount at issue does not exceed $5,000 excluding costs, interest and attorneys' fees.)

General

All requests and/or motions must be filed with the Clerk's office and a copy must be furnished to the opposing party. Please make sure your phone number and correct address are included in the event the Judicial Assistant may need to contact you regarding your case. Please DO NOT send original documents to the Judge's chambers. All original documents MUST be sent/filed with the Clerk's Office.

Please be advised that court interpreters are not provided on civil cases.

Proposed Orders

All parties on eservice may use the Online Scheduling System (OLS) to upload any proposed orders. If any party is pro se, any proposed orders must be mailed in with stamped envelopes and copies for conforming.

Online Scheduling (OLS)

Please note: Use of the online scheduling system requires a user ID and password. This can be obtained by going to Online Scheduling System and clicking on "Register a New User" to create an account.

UMC's

UMC Hearings are scheduled online and effective April 1st, 2019 are as follows:

  1. Mondays at 1:30 p.m. for Telephonic Hearings (Maximum 10 minutes)
  2. Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. (Maximum 10 minutes) No telephonic appearance is allowed at Wednesday UMC's.

Permission of the Court is not required to set UMC's. A courtesy copy of the Motion and Notice of Hearing must be mailed in to chambers prior to the hearings. For telephonic hearings with pro se parties, proposed orders and stamped envelopes must be included.

To cancel a hearing scheduled for UMC, login to the Online Scheduling System, select "Uniform Motion Calendar Scheduling" then select "Cancel Hearing" and follow the directions on the screen. Please do not contact the Judge's Assistant to schedule or cancel a UMC hearing. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND CANCEL ONLINE ANY HEARING THAT IS NO LONGER NEEDED OR RESOLVED PRIOR TO THE HEARING DATE SO THAT OTHERS MAY SCHEDULE THEIR MOTIONS.

***Important****

Motions for Summary Judgment, Damages Hearings, Eviction matters, Claims of Exemption from Garnishment Hearings and/or any other evidentiary type matters will NOT be heard at UMC.

Special Set Hearings

Special Set hearings are available for 15 minute and 30 minute blocks of time. The Court will open dates approximately 60 days in advance. Effective April 1st, 2019 special sets will be heard Tuesdays afternoons and Fridays mornings. A courtesy copy of your Motion and Notice of Hearing should be provided to the Judge at least five (5) days prior to the hearing. In order to cancel a Special Set Hearing, a Notice of Cancellation must be filed with the Clerk and a copy e-mailed to the Judge's Office (CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org) Also, the Motion MUST note the reason for cancellation.

***Any party may unilaterally set a hearing if the opposing party does not respond after a good faith effort has been made in accordance with Local Rule No. 4.

Please: OLS is not permitted for any of the following:

  1. Eviction related hearings/motions
  2. Claim of Exemption Hearings on all garnishments proceedings
  3. Motion hearings for 30 minutes or more

Hearing Requiring More than Thirty (30) Minutes

For hearings requiring ;more than thirty (30) minutes, a scheduling request must be sent to CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org . Prior to setting the hearing date and time, please make sure that ALL Motion(s) are filed and docketed with the Clerk of Court. A courtesy copy of the notice of hearing and motion must be mailed to the Judge's Chambers or emailed to CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org and received by the presiding Judge at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing.

Telephonic Appearances

The Court utilizes CourtCall © and arrangement must be made in advance calling (888) 882-6878.

UMC Hearings:

Telephonic UMC hearings are held beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays. Telephone appearance by parties at UMC hearings (10 minutes or less) is governed by Fla.R.Jud.Adm. 2.530 (b) and (c). Parties may appear by telephone without motion and order by properly registering with CourtCall.

All other hearings:

Parties/witnesses wishing to appear by telephone at any hearing, other than Monday UMC hearings, must do so by filing a written motion together with a proposed order and envelopes (unless parties are registered for e-service) with the Court no less than (10) days before the scheduled hearing date.

Please Note: For the privilege of appearing by phone, you must in advance of the hearing provide your pleadings, proposed orders and, if ineligible for E-Service, self-addressed, stamped envelopes for the judge's use at the time of the hearing with the order setting or notice of hearing.

Landlord/Tenant Cases

Eviction cases are heard on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. These cases are set by the Court after a review of any documents or motions or when the Court decides mediation is necessary. Mediators will be available at no charge to the parties.

Final Hearings on Eviction cases will normally be heard after mediation, but may be specially set on another date.

Small Claims Pre-trials

Pretrial Hearings for Small Claims are set every Thursday at 9:00, 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. All small claims must go to mediation and mediators are provided. If not resolved, the case will be set for trial.

Trials

Trials are set by the Judicial Assistant upon request. A pretrial order will be sent to both parties regarding mediation and uniform pretrial procedures. Jury Trials will be set for a Mandatory Calendar Call/Case Management Conference.

If the case settles prior to the Trial date please notify the Court by emailing CAD-DivisionRE@pbcgov.org. A written confirmation of the settlement agreement must be filed/uploaded with the Court with a copy to opposing party.

PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE COURT MUST BE IN WRITING, filed with the Clerk and copied to all parties in the lawsuit. Be sure to include the case number, case name, and your telephone number, the reason for said correspondence or documents being sent and, if the case is scheduled for a hearing or trial, include the date and time. Otherwise we will be unable to process your request.