Magistrate Division

Coronavirus Update

Beginning March 17, 2020 through May 29, 2020 all evidentiary family/domestic relations hearings will either be reset or conducted using telephone or video-conferencing. NO IN PERSON (FACE-TO-FACE) evidentiary family/domestic relations hearings will be held in the Hearing Room during this timeframe, unless deemed "Essential" by the Magistrate or Circuit Court Judge.

Beginning March 23, 2020, the Magistrate's Assistant will be contacting the affected lawyers and self-represented litigants who have hearings currently set between March 17, 2020 and May 29, 2020. The Magistrate will determine which hearings may be converted to telephone or video-conferencing hearing and which must be reset for a face-to-face, in person, hearing. If the hearing is reset, please note that new hearing dates will be after June 1, 2020.

If the hearing is converted to telephone or video-conferencing, the Magistrate's Assistant will contact the lawyers and self-represented litigants to obtain email addresses and telephone numbers.  The Magistrate’s Assistant will provide video-conferencing instructions (if applicable), and provide instructions regarding how to electronically submit documentary evidence.

All UMC hearings and Case Management Conferences "CMC," will be conducted by telephone or video-conferencing. The Parties must contact the Magistrate's Office to arrange the setting of the hearing. 

Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding at this time.


Magistrate Bassaline will be presiding over South County Family Division cases wherein the last name of the male litigant begins with the letters A –K. Magistrate Bassaline will be conducting hearings in Hearing Room C.

Recent Updates

Effective February 23, 2016 all orders of referral to the General Magistrate must reflect "Room C" under the case number and division.

Effective February 23, 2016 the court will no longer accept orders of referrals which refer multiple motions/petitions to the general magistrate. Each motion/petition must be referred to the general magistrate by a separate order of referral.

E-Service

The Magistrate participates in the Court's online/eservice program in "Judicial E-Service" (optional electronic mailing of orders from Court to Counsel./Registered Parties). Primary and secondary email addresses registered with the 15th Judicial Circuit will receive E-Service. If any counsel and/or party are not registered with the Court's online system, counsel shall provide self-addressed stamped envelopes for the parties to be served. You can ensure your registration for Judicial E-Service via the Online Services page. See Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. See also Administrative Oder 2.310.

E-Filing

Please note that E-Filing is the electronic filing of documents with the office of the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County. See Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.515. For more information on E-Filing, please call (561) 355-2986 or reference The Palm Beach County Clerk's site.

Designation of Record Newspaper

Effective October 2, 2015, in accordance with Florida Statute 50.0711(2), the designated Record o Newspaper for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida will be The Palm Beach Post. See Administrative Order 2.104.

Strict Compliance with Amended RJA 2.520

Effective January 1, 2015, The Florida Supreme Court mandated space for recording, date and time stamps on documents. ALL documents filed with the Court must have one-inch margins on all sides. All documents to be recorded in the Official Records must also have a blank 3-inch x 3-inch space on the top right of the first page and a blank 1-inch x 3-inch space on the top right of all subsequent pages. Documents that do not comply with these rules will be returned to sender for correction prior to being filed with the Court. See Florida Supreme Court Order SC14-721; Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.520. See also The Palm Beach County Clerk's site