TD Divisional Instructions

TD Division Instructions for Criminal Cases

  • The Criminal Docket is two consecutive one-week dockets for a total of two weeks each month.
  • Defendants in criminal cases will be referred to Division TD on a weekly basis. All Defendants must be present for trial at an initial hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Monday of the criminal trial week.
  • All substantive pre-trial motions must be heard by the Division Judge.
  • Motions in limine arising immediately before trial may be heard in Division TD.
  • Absent an emergency, all motions for continuance must be heard by the Division Judge.
  • Criminal trials may only be set on the TD docket by the referring Judge. Attorneys may not notice cases for trial in TD.
  • Verdict forms and Jury Instructions (font 14) in word format must be emailed to CAD-DivisionTD@pbcgov.org no later than the Friday prior to Calendar Call.
  • Any cases not reached will be returned to the referring Division at the end of the two-week trial docket.

Courtroom Media Requests

  • The attorneys are responsible for coordinating any media equipment needs only by using this link Courtroom Media Request to either request equipment or to request assistance to facilitate the use of their own equipment. Requests should be made no later than 24 hours prior to the first day of trial. The Judicial Assistant will not be available to assist with last minute requests. Our IT department if very capable and willing to help if given proper notice. Also, please arrive early to set and test your equipment before jury selection.

TD Division Instructions for Civil Cases

  • The Civil Docket is two consecutive weeks each month.
  • Elder trials (per Section 415.1115, F.S. - elder case priority) will have priority, followed by oldest cases next. The Order of Trials will be posted on the TD Division webpage by Thursday afternoon before the first Monday of the two-week trial docket.
  • All pretrial motions must be heard by the Division Judge.
  • Absent an emergency, all motions for continuance must be heard by the Division Judge prior to the first day of trial.
  • The Order of Trials will be posted on the TD Division webpage the Thursday before the two-week docket begins.
  • Trial # 1 as designated in the Order of Trials on the TD webpage will start at 9:00 a.m. the first Monday of the two-week trial docket.
  • Subsequent trials will begin at 9:00 a.m. the day after the previous trial concludes. If the prior trial concludes in the morning, the next case on the docket (Trial #2) should be prepared to select a jury the following day at 9:00 a.m. However, if the next case is ready to begin earlier, please contact the TD Judicial Assistant.
  • Verdict forms, Pre-trial Stipulations and Jury Instructions (font 14) in word format must be emailed to CAD-DivisionTD@pbcgov.org no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day jury selection begins.
  • Settlement:
    1. Please immediately notify the trial division Judicial Assistant upon reaching a settlement (CAD-DivisionTD@pbcgov.org).
    2. Call and/or text the attorneys on the next case in the Order of Trials to inform them of the settlement.
  • Any cases not reached will be returned to the referring Division at the end of the two-week trial docket.

Courtroom Media Requests

  • The attorneys are responsible for coordinating any media equipment needs only by using this link Courtroom Media Request to either request equipment or to request assistance to facilitate the use of their own equipment. Requests should be made no later than 24 hours prior to the first day of trial. The Judicial Assistant will not be available to assist with last minute requests. Our IT department is very capable and willing to help if given proper notice. Also, please arrive early to set up and test your equipment before jury selection.