AA Divisional News
Additional UMC slots will be temporarily added to the Online Scheduling System on Mondays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist parents with school-aged children for whom attending 8:30 a.m. UMC hearings causes a significant inconvenience. To obtain one of these hearing slots the attorney/party must certify in the Notice of Hearing that there is a need to hold the hearing at the alternate time because he/she is a parent with a child attending school remotely, and that appearing at an 8:30 a.m. UMC hearing causes a significant inconvenience. The Monday hearings must be scheduled with reasonable notice to all other parties and must be set on the Online Scheduling System. As with regular 8:30 UMC hearings, a Zoom link will be provided. Hearing materials must be sent to Judge Keyser's office in hard copy by the Thursday prior to the hearing.
Starting October 6, 2020, all UMC hearings in Division AA will be held via Zoom only. When scheduling a UMC hearing on the Online Scheduling System, a Zoom link will be provided. Please include the Zoom information in place of Courtroom 10H on your Notices of Hearing for UMC.
Divisional Instructions for Division AA
IN RE: MITIGATING MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TO EASILY ENABLE TELEPHONIC OR VIDEO HEARINGS, OR RULINGS SOLELY ON THE PAPERS
The following shall be implemented in Division AA pursuant to Administrative Order No.: 12.510-03/2020.4*
- Unless the parties stipulate otherwise, with the exception of hearings set on Fridays, as set forth in the Administrative Order, all scheduled hearings in Division AA will remain pending. Absent a stipulation, parties may move to reschedule the hearing, and the Court will promptly consider the request. (A copy of all such requests should be sent to CAD-DivisionAA@pbcgov.org.)
- During the duration of Administrative Order No.: 12.510-03/2020.4*, all hearings will be conducted via telephone and must be pre-arranged with a telephone conference provider. This requirement applies to pro se litigants as well as attorneys. Telephone conference providers include Court Call (888-882-6878), CourtScribes (833-727-4237 ext 3), and Zoom (888-799-9666), but parties are free to seek out other vendors or utilize their own conference call provider if they have one. If using a teleconference provider that does not automatically provide a dial-in number, the Notice of Hearing must include the number and passcode that the Court will use to initiate the call at the time of the hearing.
- All papers upon which the parties intend to rely for their scheduled hearings must be filed with the court in advance of the hearing. If the papers do not appear on the docket, the parties must submit all documents which they intend to reference during the hearing 48 hours in advance by email in .pdf format to CAD-DivisionAA@pbcgov.org. Hard copies of documents, binders, etc., will not be accepted by this office until further notice.
- For evidentiary hearings and non-jury trials, the parties should stipulate to the admissibility of evidence for which the admissibility is not reasonably contested. The parties shall provide copies of all intended exhibits, evidence or demonstratives to the Court in advance in .pdf format to CAD-DivisionAA@pbcgov.org.
- If witnesses will be called to give testimony, the Court requires that such appearances be pre-arranged with a teleconference provider as in paragraph 2 above or via video with an appropriate provider. Per Justice Canady's Administrative Order (3-13-2020), all rules of procedure, court orders and opinions applicable to court procedure that limit or prohibit the use of communication equipment for conducting proceedings by electronic means are suspended from the March 13-27, 2020. Moreover, this A.O.'s time period may be extended by Justice Canady.
- To the extent possible, court reporters will also utilize a teleconference or video conference provider to cover hearings/non-jury trials. The Court will administer the oath, or oaths are to be administered in accord with Justice Canady's A.O.
- The parties are encouraged to submit any motions to the Court that they mutually agree the Court may address based solely upon the papers and thereby waive oral argument.
- Any motions to assist fair, timely, effective and efficient efforts suggesting procedures to use to address necessary issues for your respective cases during the current outbreak are strongly encouraged by the Court. It is the intention of the Court to enable and facilitate telephone or video hearings in a practical manner or to allow rulings on the papers when acceptable to the parties. Above all, though, the Court wishes to provide for the administration of justice without risking anyone's safety.
Most general questions can be answered by reading the Divisional Instructions herein. For case-specific questions the best way to contact the Judicial Assistant is via email at CAD-DivisionAA@pbcgov.org.
In-person calendar calls have been cancelled temporarily and converted solely to an electronic format. Orders outlining e-Calendar procedures will be generated for each affected docket. When the restrictions due to COVID are abolished, in-person calendar call will resume.
Trial Dockets for 2021 are now posted on the Trial Docket page.
Instructions for Service of Orders to the Court
- Agreed orders and orders requested by the Judge from a prior hearing should be submitted through the Online Services System (in Word format). VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE INCLUDE A COVER LETTER AS AN ATTACHMENT STATING THAT ALL PARTIES HAVE REVIEWED THE PROPOSED ORDER AND DO NOT OBJECT TO THE FORM OF THE ORDER.
- If the order being submitted is regarding a hearing held in open court, the date of the hearing must be included in the first sentence of the order.
- Attorneys must be in agreement of the Order(s) being submitted to the Court prior to it being sent. If parties are NOT in agreement to the Order(s) then counsel/parties shall submit a cover letter stating the issue(s) and their Proposed Order(s) for the Court to review.
- Documents submitted which require service to a pro se party must indicate that the moving party is required to furnish the order via US Mail.
Local Rule 4
The Court expects strict compliance with Local Rule 4.
Prior to setting a matter for hearing, the party or attorney noticing the motion/matter shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve. All notices of hearing for matters scheduled for hearing shall set forth directly above the signature block, the below certifications without modification and shall designate with a check mark or other marking the specific certification which applies:
Counsel has conferred with all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion in a good faith effort to resolve or narrow the issues raised.
Counsel has made reasonable efforts to confer with all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion but has been unable to do so.
Online Scheduling System
Both Uniform Motion Calendar hearings and Special Set hearings of 15 and 30 minutes must be set using the Division AA Online Scheduling System. Use of this system requires a user ID and password. Please see the link to the instructions on the Online Services page. Technical questions regarding the system should be directed to CAD-WEB@pbcgov.org. The Judicial Assistant is not able to answer these questions.
UNIFORM MOTION CALENDAR ("UMC") hearings are set online (see "Divisional Instructions" for further details). Please send a courtesy copy of the motion and notice in hard copy for the judge's review prior to the hearing. To cancel a UMC hearing, please go to the UMC scheduling page (i.e., as if you were setting the hearing), and there will be an option to cancel.
SPECIAL SET HEARINGS of 15 and 30 minutes are set on the Online Scheduling System. Once the hearing time has been obtained from the system, an order setting the hearing will be generated. The order is then sent for signature and e-served through the Online Scheduling System. Please note that Special set hearings are set by court order, not by notice of hearing.
For lengthy hearings (i.e., more than 30 minutes) email a letter to CAD-DivisionAA@pbcgov.org specifying the amount of time requested. Include a courtesy copy of the motion(s). The hearing will be placed on a calendar call and an order will be generated.
Division AA is currently e-serving orders prepared by the Court to attorneys or pro se litigant(s) that have registered their primary and secondary e-mail addresses with the Fifteenth Circuit. Please make sure you are registered for judicial e-service in the 15th Circuit. Orders submitted by attorneys shall be submitted with sufficient copies and self-addressed stamped envelopes for the parties not registered. Please ensure that primary and secondary email addresses are registered with Court Administration via our Online Services. See Administrative Order 2.310.
Please note: the filing of a "notice of e-mail designation" does not register you for judicial e-service; you must register on the 15th circuit's website. Failure to register may result in orders being sent by default to the e-mail address on file with the Florida Bar. Please be advised that the Judicial Assistant is unable to remove, unable to add, and unable to change any certificate of service from any Court file. The email information/addresses are collected from the State's E-Portal filings and the email addresses entered by the Clerk of Court into their database. Please contact both the Clerk of Court and the State's E-Portal site to be removed from the service list in this case.
PLEASE SEE "DIVISIONAL INSTRUCTIONS" for detailed procedural information for Division "AA".