P Divisional Instructions

Scheduling Hearings

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

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

Hearings for in-custody Defendants may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. All other hearings may be scheduled Mondays or Fridays at 8:45 a.m.

Pleas may be entered on Mondays or Fridays during the regular morning docket at 8:15 a.m. 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 Mondays and Fridays at the end of the docket.

Trials

  • Motions to suppress must be filed and heard no later than 10 days prior to the scheduled trial date. These hearings are held on Monday and Friday afternoons. Hearings on Motions to suppress will not be scheduled until they are filed with the clerk.

  • Motions in limine ~ not requiring evidence ~ will be heard at 1:30 p.m. the Friday or Monday afternoon before trial is scheduled to begin.

  • Any motions in limine which may result in audio or video redactions must be scheduled and heard with sufficient time to allow for redaction.

  • Any case that is on the trial docket that the parties know will resolve with a plea agreement shall be removed from the trial schedule prior to the day of trial.

  • It is the responsibility of Defense counsel to request an interpreter if needed by emailing CAD-ALLCOURTINTERPRETERS@pbcgov.org. All requests must be received 7 days in advance of the scheduled proceeding.

Final VOP's, Restitution, and Infraction Hearings are held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

Agreed Orders

Proposed orders for matters not on the 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 an attached email. It is the responsibility of the proponent of the agreed order to provide written agreement at the time the proposed order is submitted. The Judicial Assistant will not contact opposing counsel to confirm assent if that agreement is not submitted contemporaneously with the proposed order.

Do not present proposed agreed orders in court for matters not on the docket.

If the agreement of the parties is not provided the proposed order will not be signed.

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. Please send the email no later than noon the day before a hearing.

Courtesy copies of ALL notice of hearings, motions, proposed orders and case law must be emailed to CAD-DivisionP@pbcgov.org.