U Divisional Instructions

In-Custody Defendants scheduled for Case Disposition, Calendar Call or Status Conference Hearings WILL NOT BE TRANSPORTED without a prior court order to transport.

In-Custody Defendants scheduled for Preliminary/Final Violation of Probation Hearings, Plea Conferences and Bond Hearings WILL BE transported.  .

Out of Custody Defendant(s):  A Defendant's presence is required at ALL HEARINGS unless previously waived by the Court or by Court order.

Motion Hearings (5-10 min) for In-Custody Defendants should only be set on a Monday or Friday at 8:30 a.m., (with the exception of arraignments on Thursdays), and must be coordinated with the assigned Assistant State Attorney.

Motion Hearings (5-10 min) for Out-of-Custody Defendants should be set on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and must be coordinated with the assigned Assistant State Attorney.

VOP hearings (in or out of custody) are held on Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m.

All Special Set Hearings requiring more than 10 minutes must be set through the Judicial Assistant, Erin, at 355-7702 or you may email her at CAD-DivisionU@pbcgov.org

All Motions should be filed and docketed prior to them being set for hearing.

All Ex-Parte communication is prohibited unless ALL PARTIES HAVE BEEN COPIED ON SAME.

Motions to Continue Calendar Call, REGARDLESS OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES, WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED PRIOR TO THE CALENDAR CALL.  They should be set prior to Calendar Call or they will only be heard at calendar call.

(Any Attorney who wishes to have their (IN CUSTODY) clients present for Calendar Call MUST SUBMIT AN ORDER PRIOR TO the calendar call date.

PETITIONS TO EXPUNGE/SEAL (filed by attorneys) may be set any day at 8:30 a.m. with the exception of Calendar Call Dates.

DISCLOSUREJudge Laura Johnson's son, Robert C. Johnson, is employed by the State Attorney's Office as an Assistant State Attorney.  Judge Johnson has a standing order of recusal with the Clerk's Office for any case involving Robert C. Johnson.