R Divisional Instructions

Please do not email the court's judicial assistant without prior permission.

 

All hearings will be scheduled through the Court's Judicial Assistant via telephone.

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E-Service

Judge Colbath does participate in e-service.  With prior permission from the Court we may accept motions and notice of hearings via email in PDF format and Orders in Word format.  The Court will not accept any filing via email that is more than 10 pages long.  If your motion is more than 10 pages you must mail it in.  

 

The preferred method of receiving Notice of Hearings, Motions and proposed Orders is via U.S. mail or by hand delivery to the Clerk of Court.

Online Scheduling

We do not participate in online scheduling at this time.   Please refer to scheduling instructions below.

Special Set Hearings

All special set hearings (evidentiary hearings; hearings requiring testimony) requiring less than 15 minutes are set by calling the Judicial Assistant at (561) 355-7845 to obtain available dates and times for hearing.  Motions requiring 30 minutes or more should be submitted to the Court with a cover letter stating how much time is requested for the Motion. The judge will review the motion and the J.A. will call the moving party with available dates. Parties will be given several potential dates in order to coordinate with the other side. Once a date is agreed upon, moving party is to call the Judicial Assistant to set the date on the Judges' calendar.  All motions must be filed with the clerk of the court PRIOR to contacting the Judges' office for a hearing date.  (Please do not send the original Notice of Hearing or original Motion to the Judge). 

 

Please note that on all notices of hearing, the Americans with Disabilities Act instruction page must be either attached or included at the end of the notice. (See Divisional Forms & Orders on our webpage).

Emergency Hearings

 

Requests or Motions for an Emergency Hearing are decided by the Judge.  The Movant files a Motion for an Emergency Hearing with the Clerk of the Court.  The Clerk will deliver the motion to the Judge’s office and the Judge will then review the Motion and determine if it is a "true" emergency and if a hearing is warranted, as defined in Administrative Order 2.004, as follows:

 

"the term "emergency" encompasses the foregoing ex parte applications and other matters of extreme urgency, i.e., matters of life and death or instances of irreparable harm."

Proposed Orders

All proposed orders submitted/mailed to the judge for signature should include a cover sheet/letter indicating the date of hearing (if the matter was heard).

 

Mail in the original proposed order and enough copies for all parties/counsel involved in the case.  The names and addresses of all persons receiving conformed copies must appear on the order or final judgment pursuant to Administrative Order 2.306. 

Include addressed, stamped envelopes (with proper postage) for all parties (with return address area left blank).

 

If you are including a motion with your proposed order...  Only send the Judge's office a copy of the motion... The original motion must be filed with the Clerk.

Questions and Advice

We cannot give out legal advice on how to proceed with your case.  If you have questions of a legal nature, or questions concerning how to proceed, please contact or visit the Self Help Center located on the First Floor, Room 1434 of the North County Government Center/Courthouse or on the Second Floor, Room 2.2200 of the Main Branch Courthouse located at 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL.  In addition, the Palm Beach County Bar Association has available a Lawyer Referral and Information Service..... phone  # 561-687-3266.