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Please refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Website for the latest updates regarding COVID-19. The Chief Judge has issued Administrative Order No. 12.510, Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19.
Essential court proceedings are being held in person, but only if remote conduct of the proceeding is inconsistent with the United States or Florida Constitution, a statute, or rule of court and/or is infeasible due to a participant’s lack of technological resources. "Essential hearings" are identified as bond hearings, pre-negotiated pleas, and any other emergency or time sensitive matter as determined by the Divisional Judge. Only the persons necessary for the hearing should come to the courthouse.
All non-essential proceedings are being held remotely on Zoom until further order of the Chief Judge. Attorneys for the Defense shall communicate with their clients and Assistant State Attorneys shall communicate with the victims to ensure that the parties do not come to the courthouse for remote hearings. Remote hearings can only be converted to in-person hearings with leave of court.
Parties may schedule hearings by contacting Sandra Becerra, Judicial Assistant to Judge Collins, at CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org. 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 Court and then submit a courtesy copy of the Motion as a "PDF" to the court by email. 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. If the hearing is being held remotely, the Zoom information shall be on the notice of hearing. Any Emergency Motions must be filed with the Clerk of Court before submitting to the Judge for review.
All case law and written responses upon which the parties intend to rely for their scheduled hearings must be filed and/or provided to the Court at least three (3) business days in advance of the hearing by hand or via email to CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org.
Any motions for continuance including agreed motions must contain the grounds for the continuance and the length of time requested and/or new date being requested. All non-routine motions must be filed and brought to the attention of the Court not less than 14 days before trial. A non-routine motion is one where an adverse ruling would substantially impair the movant’s ability to try the case.
Please note that no long distance calls will be returned.
Pro Se litigants that have access to email are encouraged to fill out and file with the Clerk an email designation form. This will allow the Court to submit orders to the parties via email instead of sending in the U.S. Postal Service which will greatly reduce the time for the parties communication with each other and the Court.
All agreed and proposed orders must be submitted as a WORD attachment by email to CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org. The Court will require all orders to be submitted in WORD format through Online Scheduling System once it is available.
Questions and Advice
Neither the Judge nor the Judicial Assistant can give legal advice regarding how to proceed with the 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 or visit the self-service center in the Clerk's Office in the Satellite Courthouses. Additionally, the Palm Beach County Bar Association has a lawyer referral and information service at 561-687-3266.