RF/WD Divisional Instructions

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.

Division RF is not participating in any e-courtesy proposed order uploads at this time. If all parties in a case have e-mail addresses where they can receive a copy of an Order, please submit those proposed Orders to CAD-DivisionRF@pbcgov.org for signature. If not, please send by US Mail along with self-addressed stamped envelopes.

Uniform Motion Calendar Online Scheduling

****EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 4, 2018  UMC HEARINGS WILL BE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ...NOT FRIDAY ANY LONGER ****

UMC hearings are Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Maximum (5) mins. hearings and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Maximum (15) min. hearings) (unless otherwise suspended), and are set on the Online Scheduling System. Permission of the Court is not required to set hearings consisting of ten (10) minutes or less on the UMC. Five (5) business days’ notice must be given to the opposing party, unless otherwise agreed. The Motion and Notice of Hearing must be filed with the Clerk's Office, with language which includes a certificate that a good faith effort has been made to resolve the issue prior to setting the hearing. A courtesy copy of the Notice of Hearing, Motion and any legal authority should be mailed to and received by Judge Bosso-Pardo at least (3) business days in advance of the hearing.  If a courtesy copy of the Notice and Motion are not received in the Judge's office, the case will not be put on the Judge's calendar. PLEASE NOTE: Counsel must also provide the Court with blank proposed Orders with sufficient copies and self addressed, stamped envelopes to be used at the time of the hearing. Failure to do any of the above may result in your motion not being heard.  Phone appearances are not allowed at UMC without prior approval.

**Any party may UNILATERALLY set a UMC hearing if the opposing party does not respond after (3) bona fide scheduling attempts**  Please keel all emails, notes, etc. evidencing the bona fide attempts.

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 so not contact the Judge's Assistant to schedule or cancel a UMC hearing.

Special Set Hearing Online Scheduling

Special Set Hearings are set using the Online Scheduling System. Hearing times are available in 15, and 30 minute and  increments. A courtesy copy of the Motion, Order Setting Hearing or Notice of Hearing (see paragraph below for instructions for Dispositive Motions) and any legal authority should be received by Judge Bosso-Pardo at least (5) business days prior to the hearing (**If appearing via Telephone **Proposed Orders and Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes must be attached to the Order Setting Hearing**) at the time of the hearing Counsel should provide the Court with sufficient copies of Blank Proposed Orders and self-addressed , stamped envelopes. The Proposed Order must specify the matter heard and the date of the hearing.  Prior to setting a special set hearing, you must first file your Motion with the Clerk's Office and then coordinate the hearing date and time with ALL parties. Once that has been done, go online and secure the date agreed upon. Do a Order Setting Hearing or Notice of Hearing to set the hearing. A courtesy copy of your Motion and Notice 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 (see e-mail address at the top of the page). Failure to notify the court of a cancellation will result in the motion not being reset.

ALL DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS must be specially set by Court Order. This includes Motions for Summary Judgment, and Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, and Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice. To scheduled a dispositive motion for hearing. you must (1) select date and time from the On-Line Scheduling system, (2) prepare an Order Setting Hearing, and (3) send the Original Order plus copies for all parties along with self addressed, stamped envelopes to the Judge for signature and mailing along with a courtesy copy of your Motion. Proposed Order for Summary Judgment and Judgment package, along with any case law you are relying upon. Do not do a Notice Hearing only Order Setting Hearing. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE ORDER SAYS THIS HEARING MAY ONLY BE CANCELLED BY THE JUDGE.

Telephone Appearance

(OTHER THAN CONTEMPT/ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE) Courtroom Hearing # is (561) 624-6625. If the Court has not previously granted permission in the Order Setting Hearing/Trial, the following procedures should be utilized:

  1. Telephone appearance by parties at hearings (15 minutes or less) is governed by Fla. R. Jud. Adm. 2.530(b) and Parties can appear by telephone without Motion and order by following the procedures below.
    1. Telephone appearance by multi-parties for hearings (15 minutes or more) must utilize Court Call. Telephone appearance must be arranged by contacting Court Call at (888) 882-6878.
    2. To satisfy the requirements of the above rules/law, include the following language on your Notice/Order: "This party/witness (fill in name) will appear by telephone unless objection is filed with the Court and mailed to (fill in name) at least (5) days prior to this hearing. The opposing party may also appear by telephone by contacting the other party (fill in name & telephone #). The scheduling party shall initiate the call/conference call to the Judge's Chambers /Court call at the time of the hearing. Do not submit a separate motion and order. PLEASE REVIEW THE COURTS ORDER SETTING THE HEARING/TRIAL as this language may already be contained therein.
  2. Witness testimony by telephone only as authorized by Rules below:
    1. Small claims cases are governed by Fla. Sm.C.I.R. 7.140 allowing at the discretion of the Court.
    2. All other Civil county cases are governed by Fla.R. Jud.Adm. 2.530(d) and 1.451.

NOTE: FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF APPEARING BY PHONE, YOU MUST PROVIDE PROPOSED ORDERS AND SELF ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPES FOR THE JUDGE'S USE AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING WITH THE ORDER SETTING HEARING OR NOTICE OF HEARING.

Landlord/Tenant Cases

Eviction cases are heard on Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. These cases are set by the Court after a review of any motions sent to the Court, or when the Court decides there is a need for Mediation. Mediators will be available at no charge to the parties for Residential Mediations and $60.00 per side for Commercial Mediations.

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 cases are set every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. All Small Claims cases must go to Mediation. If not resolved, the case will be set for trial. Mediators are provided for free.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Effective March 19, 2018 , please review the County Civil Division PIP Procedures information which can be found on the County Civil page.

Stipulations and Agreed Orders

Stipulations to Invoke the Civil Rules and Waivers of Pretrial Hearing do not need to be ratified by an Agreed Order in Water Remediation cases. All other such stipulations must be approved by the Court in Small Claims cases. Extensions of Time do not need to be ratified by the Court.

Trials

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