RJ Divisional News

RJ Divisional News

Proposed Orders:

All proposed orders (in Word format) along with the motion shall be submitted to the 15th Judicial Circuit Online Services through the Online Scheduling.

All Memorandum of Law, Briefs, Responses, copies of case law, courtesy copies of Notices of Hearings/Motions, etc., for the Judge's review should be either mailed to the Judge's office or hand-delivered to the 1st floor drop box of the Main Courthouse, at least 5 business days in advance of the scheduled hearing date/trial date. OUR OFFICE DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY COURTESY COPIES OF THE FOREGOING VIA E-MAIL. Any final orders that will be recorded in the public records must comply with Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.520 and should contain a 3" x 3" blank space in the upper right hand corner of the first page and a 1" x 3" space in the top right corner of any subsequent page. Any supporting documents for the Court to review should be efiled with the clerk and then submitted as attachments to the order. If you do not attach supporting documents, there will be a delay in signing orders since documents filed with the clerk's office can take 24 - 72 hours to be visible to the Judge. If the order involves an older case where the supporting documents are not visible in the court file i.e. party is seeking a continuing order of garnishment based upon a final judgment issued in 2005, a copy of the signed final judgment should be efiled and provided as an attachment for the court to review.

Telephonic Appearances

Telephonic appearance are permitted with the approval of the Court and if there is no objection by the opposing party. A motion and order must be provided for each request to appear telephonically. Telephonic appearances for attorneys on non-evidentiary hearings are coordinated through CourtCall. Be advised that when there are multiple cases set at the same time such as UMC or Case Management Dockets, the Court will take parties who are present in-court before parties participating through CourtCall., however, your opposing counsel/party must be aware that you are appearing via telephone.

CourtCall.com is the service provider used for the purposes of scheduling and appearing at a non-evidentiary hearing via telephone. If you wish to appear via telephone, you must visit CourtCall.com and make the appropriate arrangements at least 48 business hours prior to the scheduled hearing date and time. The Judge's office strictly enforces this rule so please abide by same, absent an emergency circumstance. If CourtCall can not accommodate your request for telephonic hearing, your appearance is mandatory. Please be advised the Court does not set the fees imposed by CourtCall and the Court has no control over same. If you wish to appear at a hearing via telephone, you will be required to pay CourtCall's service fee/charge.

To set a telephonic appearance for a hearing that is presently set, please go to CourtCall.com and/or call 1-888-882-6878 and follow the instructions.

Please be advised that you cannot appear by telephone at the following matters: Calendar Call, Pretrial Conferences, Case Management Conferences or Evidentiary Hearings.

Be advised that when there are multiple cases set at the same time such as UMC or Case Management Dockets, the Court will take parties who are present in-court before parties participating through CourtCall.

PIP Pre-trial Procedures

View important changes to PIP pretrial procedures

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

Interpreters for County Civil Cases

The Court does not provide interpreters for County Civil cases. 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.

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 9:00 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. Only after you have confirmed there are no available 15 and/or 30 minute timeslots available in OLS should you contact CAD-DivisionRJ@pbcgov.org for alternative hearing times and dates.

Hearings that will take longer than 30 minutes should be set by contacting Judicial Assistant to by email 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.

Motions for Attorney Fees

Since the Court utilizes a preliminary order with instructions to be followed in advance of the hearing, all Motions for attorney's fees and/or costs shall attach a document detailing the time records and requested rate(s). The moving party shall request the time for the hearing with the Judicial Assistant.

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 e-signed and e-served 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 afternoons 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.

Trials Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation Invoking the Rules of Civil Procedure:

  1. Prior to submitting an Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation Invoking the Rules of Civil Procedure through the dedicated portal, counsel for the defendant must file their Notice of Appearance with the Clerk of Court.
  2. Generic stipulations to waive appearance at the pretrial conference and to invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure will no longer be accepted unless it substantially complies with the following form. Submissions not substantially complying with the form provided or containing insertions or omissions not approved by the Court will be rejected and appearance at the pretrial conference will not be waived.
Download PDF of the form. Download Word document of the form.
  • Upon submission of the proposed Joint Waiver and Stipulation as instructed, the submitting party will be prompted to generate a proposed Order on Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation to Invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court will review both submittals for compliance. Where applicable the proposed Order on Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation to Invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure will be signed by the Court and will be served electronically. View/download a sample of the order. A scheduling order will also issue simultaneously.
  • Effective March 19, 2018 in the Main Judicial Complex and April 6, 2018 in the South County Annex, any stipulation or waiver must be approved and made an order of the Court. No PIP case shall proceed under the Rules of Civil Procedure without signed judicial consent. It is no longer sufficient alone to file with the Clerk of Court any joint stipulation to invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure and to waive appearance at the pretrial conference.
  • Submittals: View/download instructions for preparing and submitting the Agreed Waiver of Appearance at Pretrial Conference and Stipulation to Invoke the Rules of Civil Procedure. Do not file the Agreed Waiver with the Clerk of Court. Caution: Submissions other than a proposed Agreed Waiver will not be accepted. Any submissions for the Court to review in Chambers and arising from the normal course of litigation or as directed by the Judge should be submitted pursuant to division instructions.