P Divisional Instructions

Division P Instructions:

Scheduling Hearings:

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

Pleas & Short Motion hearings (5 mins or less): may be set Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 8:45 a.m., except that any in-custody Defendants will be scheduled at 8:15 a.m.

Bond motions may be set 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 will be heard at 1:30 p.m. the afternoon before trial is scheduled to begin.

  • 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.

If the agreement of the parties is not provided, no action will be taken.

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.