AI Divisional News

The Divisional News provides updated information and changes to Division AI procedures that have taken effect after the judicial rotation on January 19, 2021. For detailed procedural information relating to specific topics, please see the Divisional Instructions. Answers to most general questions can be found therein. For case-specific questions, the best way to contact the Judicial Assistant is via email at CAD-DivisionAI@pbcgov.org.

Important Notice Regarding UMC Hearings in Division AI

ALL UMC HEARINGS ARE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM ONLY. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, UMC starts at 8:30 a.m. and may finish at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate the extra time needed for Zoom hearings. When scheduling a UMC hearing on the Online Scheduling System, the hearing confirmation will include a Zoom link. Zoom permits both telephonic and video appearances. (The Court will not hold UMC hearings via a separate teleconference line.) Please include the Zoom information in place of Courtroom 10H on your Notices of Hearing for UMC.

Please send all materials in hard copy for Judge Curley’s review at least three (3) days in advance of the UMC hearing. When sending the paperwork for a hearing on a Motion to Dismiss, please provide the Judge with a copy of the OPERATIVE PLEADINGS. On a motion to compel discovery, please provide the operative discovery.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning March 1, 2021, additional UMC slots will be temporarily added to the Online Scheduling System on some 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 a.m. UMC hearings, a Zoom link will be provided. Hearing materials must be sent to Judge Curley’s office in hard copy by the Thursday prior to the hearing.

Important Notice Regarding Special Set Hearings in Division AI

Special Set Hearing slots of 15 or 30 minutes are obtained from the Online Scheduling System. Special set hearings, like UMC hearings, are held via Zoom only. Once the hearing slot has been selected from the system, an order setting the hearing will be generated, which will contain the Court’s Zoom information. The order is then submitted for signature and e-served through the Online Scheduling System. Please note that special set hearings are now set by court order, not by notice of hearing.

In accord with the Order Setting Special Set Hearing, send all materials (notebooks, binders, etc.) in hard copy five (5) days in advance of the hearing for Judge Curley’s review. If submitting a volume of materials (e.g., a binder) please ensure that the materials are bookmarked to allow the Court to transition through the materials efficiently. As noted above, when sending the paperwork for a hearing on a Motion to Dismiss, please provide the Judge with a copy of the OPERATIVE PLEADINGS. On a motion to compel discovery, please provide the operative discovery.

For lengthy hearings (i.e., more than 30 minutes) email a letter to CAD-DivisionAI@pbcgov.org specifying the amount of time requested and include a courtesy copy of the motion(s). Available dates/times will be provided. The party requesting the hearing will be responsible for conferring with the opposing parties and informing the court via email at CAD-DivisionAI@pbcgov.org of the agreed-upon date and time. An order specially setting the hearing will then be generated.

An Evidentiary Hearing requiring more than two (2) hours will receive an order placing it on a non-jury trial docket with a calendar call date.

ALL OTHER PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS REMAIN IN EFFECT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL RULE 4 (see Divisional Instructions).

Please also see the Supreme Court Administrative Orders and refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit’s homepage (15thcircuit.com) for the latest updates relating to the Court’s procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this challenging time, the Division's goal is to continue to function as efficiently and effectively as possible. To this end, the Court strongly encourages the parties 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. Above all, though, the Court wishes to provide for the administration of justice without risking anyone's safety.

PLEASE ADHERE TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS AS WELL AS CDC GUIDELINES, AND PLEASE STAY SAFE AND WELL!