RH/NC/H Divisional Instructions

State of Emergency

The Court is conducting some Civil Hearings remotely.  However, the Court has begun a limited number of hearings in person.  If you have a question about your Small Claims case, please email us at CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org.

UMC Hearings and Civil Motions are still held remotely.  See below for instructions.

All Traffic Court cases are being handled remotely.  Do not come to Court for a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing.  These Hearing are on Zoom.

Misdemeanor Arraignments are being handled in Court.  However, we can accommodate anyone who does not want to come to Court.  Also, the Court will accept Pleas remotely over Zoom, or with a Plea in Absentia in which the Defendant does not have to appear at all.

Please follow these guidelines: do not come to court if you are sick, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, had contact with someone with COVID-19, have been quarantined, traveled to an area with widespread COVID-19, or had contact with someone who travelled to an area with widespread COVID-19.

Telephone appearances can be arranged by contacting:

CourtCall CourtCall.com 1-888-88-COURT info@courtcall.com
CourtScribes CourtScribes.com 1-833-727-4237 ext.3 scheduling@courtscribes.com
Visual Evidence VisualEvidence.com 561-655-2855 (Scheduling)
800-464-8638 (Tech Support)
561-596-8108 (After hours/cell)
office@visualevidence

or if video appearance is required also through:

Zoom: 888-799-9666

HOW to ZOOM: instructions for attorneys and litigants regarding remote hearings.

Misdemeanor Arraignments

If you or your client is set for Arraignment at the North County Courthouse, you can file a Waiver of Arraignment and Waiver of Speedy Trial with the Clerk of Court.

You can also contact the Assistant State Attorney, Pam Ford, at (561) 624-6546 if you want to resolve your case through a Pretrial Diversion Program or Plea In Absentia without coming to Court.


Small Claims

Pretrial Conference Hearings are both in court and on Zoom. Mediations are currently handled over Zoom.  Trials are also being handled remotely unless the Court states it is to be in-person. If the Small Claims Pretrial Conference is to be held over Zoom, the parties will be noticed by the Court with the specific time to appear. If you have a question about your Small Claims case, please email us at CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org.

HOW to ZOOM: instructions for attorneys and litigants regarding remote hearings.

In any case in which the Court has awarded a Default or Default Final Judgment, the Plaintiff must provide the Court with a proposed order within 30 days.  If not, the case may be dismissed for lack of prosecution when the Court reviews its docket.

Evictions

There are several limitations on Evictions at this time including the CDC, and other federal agencies.  Tenants who are affected by COVID can contact Legal Aid at (561) 655-8944 or Florida Rural Legal Services at 1-800-582-3410 for assistance.

The Court will hear Mediations and Motions to Determine Rent by Zoom or phone, unless the Court requires the case be held in person.

Any answers/letters from Defendants should include the Case Number, Defendant's name, phone number, and email address.

Cases may be dismissed for lack of prosecution if not acted upon by the Plaintiff/Landlord upon the Court's review of the docket.

Traffic Court

Traffic Court cases are being handled remotely by Zoom.  You will receive notice of your Zoom hearing, or you can contact the Clerk.

Civil Cases Division RH

Uniform Motion Calendar Hearings  (UMC's)

UMC hearings are heard on Fridays at 9:30 a.mby CourtCall and at 10:00 by Zoom.  They can be set using the Online Scheduling System.  Only the Court's Zoom link can be used.  Once the hearing is set by the parties, you can request the Court's Zoom link by contacting the Judicial Assistant at CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org

Permission of the Court is not required to set hearings consisting of fifteen (10) minutes or less on the UMC docket. Five (5) business days notice must be given to 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.   

Telephone appearances can be arranged by contacting any of the vendors listed above.

Cases will be dismissed for lack of prosecution if there is no action or activity after six months.  Also, if the Court enters a default, and the Plaintiff fails to submit a Final Judgment, the case may be dismissed by the Court when it reviews the docket.

Specially Set Hearings

Special Set Hearings are set using the Online Scheduling System. Hearing times are available in 15 and 30 minute increments. (If you require more than a 30 minute hearing or you are requesting a Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs hearing, please contact the Judicial Assistant at CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org).

Prior to setting a Special Set hearing, you must: 1) File your Motion with the Clerk of Court. 2) Coordinate the hearing date and time with ALL parties. 3) Request the Zoom link from the Judicial Assistant.  4) Go online and secure the date agreed upon. 5) Do a NOTICE OF HEARING to set the hearing. 6) 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 (CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org) to the Judge's Office. Failure to notify the court of a cancellation will result in the Motion not being reset.

Telephone Appearance

Special Set Hearings may be heard by telephone. Telephone appearances can be arranged by contacting any of the vendors listed above.

Delivery of Documents

Civil Division RH is participating in the e-portal for proposed orders.  However, it is not participating in e-courtesy filing of documents. All exhibits and documents should be filed with the Clerk's Office.  Any order not formatted correctly may be rejected, and the party will have to submit the proposed order by paper through the mail.

If all parties in a case have an e-mail addresses where they can receive a copy of an Order, please upload those proposed orders electronically through the portal. 

Division H/NC County Criminal case Orders can be submitted (in WORD format) to CAD-DivisionRH@pbcgov.org for signature. Pro Se Litigants should file all documents with the Clerk of Court and the court will receive them electronically through the Clerk.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Please review the County Civil Division PIP Procedures information which can be found on the County Civil page. PIP Attorneys are not required to attend the pre-trial hearing if the procedures are followed.  Please file the Court approved Stipulation regarding timelines and waivers.  The parties can also appear by Zoom for the Pretrial Conference.

Trials

Trials are set by the Judicial Assistant upon request/motion. A pre-trial Order will be sent to both parties requiring mediation.

Traffic Court/Criminal/Misdemeanor Cases Divisions H/NC

Hearing Times

Motions to Recall Capias are set on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (excluding suspension dates) Notice must be filed with the Clerk of Court.  The Court can also review these motions in chambers without the need for a Court Hearing.

All Criminal and Misdemeanor cases are heard on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Petitions to Expunge and/or Seal are set on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. - Notice must be filed with the Clerk of Court. However, the Court can also review these motions in chambers without the need for a Court Hearing.  Please submit a proposed order to the Judge.

VOPs are set on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.