RJ Divisional Instructions

Online Scheduling (OLS)

We participate in Online Scheduling for UMC and Special Set Hearings.  The Court will open dates approximately 45 days in advance.  Use of the system requires a user ID and password.  Please see the link to the instructions on the homepage.  Technical questions regarding the system should be directed to CAD-WEB@pbcgov.org. If the system says there are no hearing dates available, please check again at a later time. 

Motions

Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC)-Filed and docketed motion hearing(s) of less than ten(10) minutes including argument by both sides can be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (unless otherwise suspended) at 8:30 am.  Hearings can be set with five (5) business days notice including courtesy copies of the motion and notice to the Court through On-Line Scheduling.   In keeping with professional courtesy, any party scheduling a hearing shall make reasonable efforts to contact the opposing party/counsel for availability or scheduling conflicts. Please file your Motion with the Clerk of Courts and then submit a copy of the Motion as a "PDF" and Proposed Order in a "WORD" format thru the On-Line Scheduling.  All parties shall abide by Local Rule 4 to try to resolve the matter and certify the good faith attempt to resolve on the Notice of Hearing.  *Please note any Emergency Motions must be filed with the Clerk of Courts before submitting to the Judge for review. Telephonic appearances are allowed with prior Court order.  See phone call instructions.

Special Set Hearings

Motions requiring a maximum of 15 - 30 minutes should be set using On-Line Scheduling.  Hearings  that will take longer than 30 minutes should be set by contacting Sandra Becerra, Judicial Assistant to Judge Collins, at 561-355-1149 or CAD-DivisionRJ@pbcgov.org.

The motion(s) must be filed and docketed with the Clerk of Court prior to requesting a hearing date and time. In keeping with professional courtesy, any party scheduling a hearing shall make a good faith attempt to resolve the matter, undertake reasonable efforts to contact the opposing party/counsel for availability or scheduling conflicts.  Send a courtesy copy of the notice and motion to the Court through  On-Line Scheduling at least 5 business days before the hearing. 

Interpreters

It is the responsibility of the party needing an interpreter to bring to court an interpreter who is certified, language skilled, provisionally approved or who is registered with the Office of State Court Administrator as required by Rule 2.560 and Rule 2.565 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.  For further information or for assistance locating an interpreter, please visit Court Interpreters. Persons unable to obtain an interpreter must bring someone to assist.  The Court will determine if they are qualified to interpret the proceedings.

Small Claims

Pre-trial hearings are set on Thursdays at 1:00 pm. All small claims cases must go to mediation. Mediation is provided free of charge. If not resolved, the case will be set for trial. If the parties intend to waive Pre-Trial Conference, the parties should file the signed Stipulation with the Clerk of Courts and then send a copy of the signed stipulation as a "PDF" along with a Proposed Order in "WORD" format thru our On-Line Scheduling for Judge's signature.  Once the Order has been esigned and eserved to you then the hearing is cancelled. If the Order is not signed, parties may have to appear at the hearing unless told otherwise. 

Landlord/Tenant

Landlord/Tenant hearings are set and noticed by the Court for Thursdays at 1:45pm after review of motions sent to the Court or when the Court decides mediation is appropriate. Mediation is provided at no charge for Residential Mediation and only $60 per side for Commercial Mediation.

Trials

All non-jury trials are set by the court with a pre-trial procedure order. Jury trials will be set for Calendar Call and Case Management conferences.

Phone Calls

Please note that no long distance calls will be returned. Telephonic appearance are permitted if there is no objection by opposing party and with the approval of the Court. A motion and order must be provided for each request to appear telephonically.  Telephonic appearances are coordinated through CourtCall.

Proposed Orders

When submitting proposed orders to the Court for review, please include copies and self-addressed envelopes for all parties including proper postage. The space for return address should be left blank for the Court address to be stamped.

If all parties have registered for e-service, proposed orders may be submitted in WORD format through Online Scheduling System.

Questions and Advice

Neither the Judge nor the Judicial Assistant can give you legal advice regarding how to proceed with your case. For assistance, you can contact the Self-Help Center at 561-355-6781 located on the first floor of the Main West Palm Beach Courthouse.  Additionally, the Palm Beach County Bar Association has a lawyer referral and information service at 561-687-3266