P Divisional News

Updated instructions as of 4/2/20.

Please check Divisional News and Instructions frequently during the COVID-19 outbreak. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO APPEAR TELEPHONICALLY, WEBEX IS ALSO AVAILABLE.

WEBEX INSTRUCTIONS FOR 4/6/2020

ON APRIL 6, 2020 YOU MAY ELECT TO APPEAR TELEPHONICALLY OR APPEAR VIA WEBEX.

SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. 

Meeting Number: 477 829 556

Join by video system

Dial salijewicz@pbc-gov.webex.com and enter your host PIN 7351.

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

1-844-621-3956 United States Toll Free

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 477 829 556

Host PIN: 7351


In person appearances are permitted  for essential hearings which at this time are in-custody plea conferences and bond motions. Other matters which may require an in person appearance will be decided on a case by case basis taking into consideration all applicable laws and orders in place.  Please notice, if a witness will appear telephonically, they will need to be identified by a notary, unless the attorneys stipulate otherwise. IF A DEFENDANT CAN APPEAR BY VIDEOCONFERENCE THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR A NOTARY IF THE DEFENDANT CAN BE IDENTIFIED.  Note that until 5/1/2020, dockets will be handled as follows

  1. All Friday cases which were set up to an through May 1, 2020 have been reset.  IF you would like to bring a case in sooner, call or email the Judicial Assistant to get a date and time.

  2. Unless the parties submit an agreed order resetting a case (with a waiver of speedy trial) all Monday cases for 3/30/20, 4/6/20, 4/13/20, and 4/20, and 4/27, will remain set. Attorneys, and the defendant (if defense so wishes), must appear telephonically, or through ZOOM, WebEx, ANY APPROVED VIDEOCONFERENING METHOD. . Cases can be set as far out (within reason) as the parties can agree to avoid further resets. If you are self-represented, you should follow these same instructions.

  3. For teleconferences, the judge will initiate the conference call from Open Court with numbers on file with The Florida Bar, unless an attorney provides an alternate number to the Divisional email.

  4. As jury trials have been suspended, the Division is available for bench trials, and hearings by videoconference.  At this time, that capability if available free of charge from WEBEX.COM.  Contact the office if you would like to use that system. You are free to use any other system as long as the Court has advance notice, and can accommodate the technology.

  5. If you notice a hearing using telecommunication, or videoconferencing, please advise of specifics on the Notice of Hearing and provide the same to the Divisional email.

Please be patient as we try to keep everyone safe.


Scheduling Hearings

All hearings must be set by emailing or calling the Judicial Assistant

BLOCK HEARINGS ARE MONDAY AND FRIDAY. TRIALS WILL BE CONDUCTED TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

Pleas, Bond Motions, Short Motion hearings (5 minutes or less)

In custody Defendants may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 8:15 am. All other Hearings may be scheduled Monday and Friday at 8:45 am.

Pleas may be entered on Monday or Friday during the regular morning docket at 8:15 or 8:45 am.

Bond motions requiring evidence or that may require longer hearing time may be set as follows:

  • In custody Defendants on Monday through Friday at the end of the morning docket.
  • All other Defendants on Monday and Friday at the end of the morning docket

Trials

  1. Motions to suppress must be filed and heard no later than 10 days prior to the scheduled trial date. These are held Monday and Friday afternoons. Hearings on Motions to suppress will not be scheduled unless filed with the Clerk.
  2. Motions in limine – not requiring evidence- will be heard at 1:30 pm on Monday and Friday afternoon before the trial is scheduled to begin.
  3. Any motions in limine which may result in audio or video redactions must be scheduled and heard with sufficient time to allow for redaction.
  4. Any case on the trial docket which the parties know will resolve with a plea agreement shall be removed from the trial schedule prior to the day of trial.

Final VOP, Restitution, and Infraction Hearings are held on Monday at 1:30 pm.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF DEFENSE COUNSEL TO REQUEST AN INTERPRETER. ALL REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE PROCEEDING. INTERPRETERS MAY BE REQUESTED USING OUR ONLINE FORM.

Agreed Orders

Proposed orders for matters not on the Court docket shall be emailed or given to the Judicial Assistant for review after court. The agreement shall be indicated either on the face of the proposed order or in a cover email or letter. The Judicial Assistant will not contact opposing counsel to confirm the assent if the agreement is not submitted contemporaneously with the proposed order.

DO NOT PRESENT PROPOSED AGREED ORDERS IN OPEN COURT FOR MATTERS NOT ON THE DOCKET

Proposed orders for the Judge's signature must be submitted in Word format (no pdf files please) to CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org.

Defendant's presence is required for motions to withdraw capias. A Defendant's presence may be waived at case disposition and pretrial hearings by filing a written waiver of appearance.

In Custody Defendants are not to be transported for hearings other than plea conferences or trial. It is Defense Counsel's obligation to notify the Sheriff's Office to NOT transport his/her client by emailing PBSO at imdcourtorders@pbso.org, no later than noon the day before hearing.

COURTESY COPIES OF ALL NOTICE OF HEARINGS (PLEASE INCLUDED MATTER TO BE HEARD), MOTIONS, PROPOSED ORDERS, AND CASE LAW MUST BE EMAILED TO CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org.