Effective January 22, 2019, Judge J Keyser will preside over Division AB.
Please note - Division AB Instructions will remain the same, with the following exceptions:
Beginning February 4, 2019, Uniform Motion Calendar will be held Monday through Thursday at 8:45 a.m
Division AB does not communicate via the CAD box nor accept submittals via e-mail, unless specifically authorized by the Judge or JA. Proposed Orders may be submitted via JVS, regular mail or hand delivery.
Scheduling of Hearings
This division uses online scheduling for all hearings (including Uniform Motion Calendar). 15-minute and 30-minute special set motions are set by ORDER (see "Divisional Forms & Orders"). Each case may take only one time slot per day. For hearings requiring more than 30 minutes, please see "Divisional Instructions".
All pretrial motions, including Motions in Limine, shall be scheduled in the ordinary course to be heard prior to calendar call. Please note that due to the volume of cases in this division, it usually takes approximately 60 days to get a special set hearing. Please plan accordingly.
Beginning February 4, 2019, UMC hearings will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:45 A.M. and are scheduled online. A copy of the notice of hearing and motion should be MAILED or HAND-DELIVERED to Judge Keyser in advance of the hearing. Division AB does not accept these items by e-mail. The attorney shall bring a proposed Order to submit to the Court at the time of hearing.
Strict Compliance with Local Rule 4
Local Rule 4 has been amended effective July 18, 2017, and now requires attorneys to “make reasonable efforts to actually speak to one another” in a genuine effort to narrow disputes before seeking court intervention.
The certification requirement has also changed and provides the following three options to be used without modification:
_____ Movant’s attorney has spoken in person or by telephone with the attorney(s) for all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion in a good faith effort to resolve or narrow the issues raised.
_____ Movant’s attorney has attempted to speak in person or by telephone with the attorney(s) for all parties who may be affected by the relief sought in the motion.
_____ One or more of the parties who may be affected by the motion are self represented.
Your Notice of Hearing must contain the specific language of the Rule indicated above and must reflect your choice of the options.
If you have not complied with these amended requirements, please reschedule your hearing.
E-service of Orders
Division AB is currently e-serving orders to attorneys/parties that have registered their primary and secondary e-mail addresses with the 15th Circuit. Please make sure you are registered for judicial e-service.
Please note: the filing of a "Notice of E-Mail Designation" does not register you for Judicial E-Service. You must register through Online Services. Failure to register may result in orders being sent by default to the e-mail address on file with The Florida Bar.
Division AB does NOT accept e-mail transmission of copies of motions, memoranda, proposed orders, or other correspondence. Exceptions may be made only when the Court specifically requests such a transmittal.
AGREED ORDERS / STIPULATED ORDERS may be uploaded to the JVS system through "Online Scheduling" in WORD format or submitted via regular mail. Please DO NOT do both. (DO NOT MAIL in the Order if it is submitted electronically.)
Division AB is currently setting trials (jury/non-jury) for the 8-week docket which runs May 13 - July 5, 2019. Calendar call is May 3, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
Please see "Divisional Instructions" for further information.