RS Divisional News
IMPORTANT: All communications with the Court must be done in writing, filed with the Clerk's office, and copied to all parties in the lawsuit. Please include the case number, case name, telephone number, and current address with your correspondence or documents.
Beginning August 1, 2017, all attorneys are required to utilize the Online Scheduling System for scheduling Uniform Motion Calendar and Special Set Hearings.
Uniform Motion Calendar
Uniform motion calendar for division RS will be on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. In courtroom #7 – for a hearing of 10 minutes or less.
Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC) hearings must be set using the Online Scheduling System. Use of this system requires a user ID and password. Technical questions regarding the system should be directed to CAD-Web@pbcgov.org; the Judicial Assistant is not able to answer these questions. Upon utilizing the online scheduling system, UMC hearings are set/noticed by a party filing/serving a Notice of Hearing. A copy of the Motion to be heard at UMC should be mailed to the court in advance.
Special Set Hearings
Special Set Hearings (15 or 30 min.) must be set using the Online Scheduling System. Special Set Hearings are set by a party filing/serving a Notice of Special Set Hearing (See the Court's Divisional Instruction forms for the format).
A copy of the Notice of Hearing and Motion to be heard at the Special Set Hearing should be mailed to the Court in advance.
For special set hearings requiring more than 30 minutes, please review the divisional instructions first and then email the judicial assistant at email@example.com
To cancel a Special Set hearing please file a notice of cancellation and notify the court via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UMC Hearings are cancelled online by the parties. There is no need to contact the Court when cancelling a UMC hearing. Please be considerate and cancel any hearing that is no longer needed or resolved prior to the hearing date.
Eviction cases are heard on Wednesdays at 9:00 am. These cases are set by the Court after a review of any Motions sent to the Court, or when the Court decides there is a need for Mediation. Mediators will be available at no charge to the parties for Residential Mediations and $60.00 per side for Commercial Mediations.
Final Hearings on Eviction cases will normally be heard after Mediation.
Small Claims Pre-Trial Hearings
Pre-Trial Hearings for Small Claims cases are set every other Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. All Small Claims cases must go to Mediation. If not resolved, the case will be set for Trial. Mediators are provided for free. Stipulations to Waive Pre-Trial Hearings and Invoke the Civil Rules must be approved by the Court.
Only agreed orders may be submitted electronically and only where clerk data base for the case reflects that all parties are registered for electronic/email service. All other proposed orders must be sent via regular mail with copies and stamped envelopes for all parties not registered for electronic/email service. No emails accepted. Pursuant to Administrative Order 2.306, all orders must have a proper service list with the names and addresses of all parties listed.
All attorneys and/or parties wishing to participate in hearings telephonically shall do so by coordinating the telephonic appearance through CourtCall, telephone number 1-888-882-6878. Please remember that telephonic appearances are generally not permitted unless allowed by Court order and/or stipulated to by the parties. Please consult the 2 links below for further information.
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All divisions of the Court will be enforcing Local Rule No. 3 requiring the moving party at all motion hearings to furnish the Court at the time of the hearing with a proposed Order, together with sufficient copies and stamped, addressed envelopes for all parties. Blank Orders will no longer be furnished by the Court free of charge. Blank Orders will be available for purchase in the Law Library at a cost of $2.00 each (cash only).
Unilaterally Set Hearings- Any party may unilaterally set a hearing if the opposing party does not respond after a good faith effort has been made in accordance with Local Rule No. 4.
State of Emergency
The Governor has declared a state of emergency and the Courts are taking Mitigating Measures. Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the following Administrative Orders (15th Judicial Circuit AO- 12.510 and Florida Supreme Court AOSC 20–15) will control Court proceedings in Division RS.
All non-essential court proceedings will be suspended beginning March 18, 2020 through the end of business on May 1, 2020 unless the presiding judge determines that the matter may be effectively conducted remotely with all parties using communication equipment.
Small Claims Pretrials
There will be no Small Claims Pretrial Conferences or Trials until May 4, 2020. Any Pretrials set on April 1, April 15 and April 29th will be reset to a later date and the parties will receive notification via mail or e-service.
There will be no UMC hearings beginning March 24, 2020 through May 4th, 2020. Parties should try to resolve issues and provide an Agreed Order to the Court via the e-portal.
Eviction cases are suspended until May 4th, 2020.
Case Managment Conferences
All Cases Management Conferences are suspended through May 4th, 2020.
Lack of Prosecution Hearings
All Lack of Prosecution Hearings scheduled on April 2, 2020 are cancelled and have been reset to June 4, 2020.
Special Set Hearings
All attorneys and/or parties wishing to participate in hearings telephonically shall do so by coordinating the telephonic appearance through CourtCall, telephone number 1-888-882-6878. The moving party shall take responsibility for coordinating telephonic or video appearance and advising the Court (via email). Both Parties must coordinate their telephonic appearance using the same platform.
Pro Se litigants who have access to email are encouraged to notify the Clerk of their email address and consent to receive documents electronically. This will allow the Court to submit orders to the parties via email, which will greatly reduce the time for the parties' communication with each other and the Court. Please see the Clerk's Website for instructions for e-filing.
The Court appreciates everyone's cooperation and understanding during these unprecedented times. Please contact the Court with any questions or concern via the divisional email.