DV Divisional News

Please refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Website for the courts latest updates regarding COVID-19. The Chief Judge has issued an Administrative Order No. 12.510, Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19.

Based on the Administrative Order, only essential in-person court proceedings are being held. These include Domestic Violence Injunctions where a "Temporary Injunction" is in place, bond hearings, arraignments and pleas that will result in the Defendant's immediate release from jail. All other hearings are suspended. A specific procedure is set up below for arraignments. If you believe that your case requires emergency action please contact my JA, Sherry Riggio at 561 355-1908 and file the appropriate motion in writing.

Please contact the Judge's chambers at 561-355-1908 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for any questions.

Please send all documents, in Word Format (NOT in "read-only") to: CAD-divisionDVTD@pbcgov.org and copy all appropriate parties. Please DO NOT "CC" or copy the JA when sending correspondence to this mailbox. 

To avoid unnecessary delays in the Court's cases, future court dates will be handled in the manner set forth below:

Arraignments

All arraignments are to be handled by a waiver of arraignment and appearance, plea of not guilty and a demand for discovery with an appropriate time to file all motions. Please contact our office to obtain a hearing date and time and include that information in the body of the agreed order. If speedy trial is waived it must be indicated on the paperwork. Please file these in the court file by the court date that has been assigned to your case.

DEFENDANT"S OR ATTORNEY"S DO NOT NEED TO COME INTO THE COURTROOM ON THESE DAYS.

Case Disposition

Each attorney is expected to speak with the State attorney about his or her cases. When the case disposition date arrives, the defense attorney is expected to submit an agreed order setting case for a plea conference, reset case disposition, calendar call or a motion hearing. Please contact our office to obtain a hearing date and time and include that information in the body of the agreed order. If speedy trial is waived it must be indicated on the paperwork.

DEFENDANT"S OR ATTORNEY"S DO NOT NEED TO COME INTO THE COURTROOM ON THESE DAYS.

Status Checks

All proof of completion of FTO programs, DPA programs, and plea and pass programs should be submitted to the Defendant's attorney and then presented to the ASA. This must include a rescission order. If approved the DPA and FTO programs will be handled by the ASA. If paperwork on the plea and pass is approved the ASA will submit the name to the court, the court will vacate the plea by order, and the ASA can conclude the case. All cost of prosecution must be paid to conclude the case.

DEFENDANT"S OR ATTORNEY"S DO NOT NEED TO COME INTO THE COURTROOM ON THESE DAYS.

Plea Conferences

The court will accept all pleas in absentia with the proper paperwork. These documents will be read into the court record on Mondays and Wednesdays.Please contact our office to obtain a hearing date and time and include that information in the body of the agreed order.

DEFENDANT"S OR ATTORNEY"S DO NOT NEED TO COME INTO THE COURTROOM ON THESE DAYS.

Motion Hearings

All non-essential motion hearings will be conducted by paper. Please speak with the A.S.A in your case before submitting any paperwork. Motions and their memorandums will be submitted to the court with the exception of "Stand your ground" motions. Please contact our office to obtain a hearing date and time and include that information in the body of the agreed order.

DEFENDANT"S OR ATTORNEY"S DO NOT NEED TO COME INTO THE COURTROOM ON THESE DAYS.

Calendar Calls

After conferring with the state attorney, please send in a stipulation to set the case for reset Calendar Call, plea conference or trial.Please contact our office to obtain a hearing date and time and include that information in the body of the agreed order

DEFENDANT"S OR ATTORNEY"S DO NOT NEED TO COME INTO THE COURTROOM ON THESE DAYS.

These rules will be in place until May 1, 2020. Please call if you have any questions. The hope is that when this crisis concludes we will be able to conclude cases fairly and without delay.