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Coronavirus Is Impacting Florida State And Federal Courts - The Latest Updates - Continued

July 10, 2020

TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Hardee, Highlands, and Polk Counties)

http://www.jud10.flcourts.org/sites/default/files/adminOrders/AO_1-53.4.pdf
  • Statewide grand jury proceedings are suspended through July 26, 2020; and other jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended through July 17, 2020.
  • All non-essential and non-critical proceedings shall be conducted using remote technology.
  • General Procedures (outlined in AOSC20-32)  are adopted to provide for the safety of those persons accessing the courthouses and court facilities.


ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Miami-Dade County)

07/08/2020 COVID-19 Advisory #26: Self-Monitoring Notice
  • Two individuals who worked at the Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22 Ave., and the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, 175 NW 1 Ave., respectively, in the locations listed below have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Persons identified as having been in close proximity to the confirmed individuals have been notified and asked to take all necessary precautions.

Last Days Worked:
Friday, 6/26/2020 (Joseph Caleb Center)
Tuesday, 6/30/2020 (L.E.T. Courthouse Center)


TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties)

  • Certain hearings are being held in the judicial centers, the courts are holding most other hearings remotely using video conferencing and/or teleconferencing software. Please check the specific division or the Zoom page for more information, or contact the judge's office to check on your hearing status.
  • Following Florida Supreme Court Directive.
  • All civil jury trials in the 12th Judicial Circuit are hereby suspended through December 31,2020.
  • Grand Jury Proceeding suspended through July 26, 2020. Grand Jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal jury trials are suspended until 30 days after the Chief Judge has determined that the circuit or one of the counties has transitioned to Phase 2.
  • Civil Jury Trials suspended through December 31, 2020.
  • FORECLOSURES, EVICTIONS ON HOLD THROUGH AUGUST 1, 2020.

https://www.jud12.flcourts.org/Portals/0/AdminOrders/Section01/2020-11.1.pdf?ver=2020-04-15-091920-943

NEW ORDERS SETTING HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES IN COURTS

AOSC20-23
 Amendment 2 Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures

AOSC20-32 In re COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions for Phase 2 expands the type of hearings that can be held face-to-face when the Circuit meets the criteria.

The Twelfth Judicial Court cannot go to Phase 2 until the chief judge can certify to the Supreme Court that it has met ALL of the necessary benchmarks. Until he can,  will still be in Phase 1, with limited in-person proceedings, use of personal protective equipment and mandatory health screens.


THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Hillsborough County)

https://www.fljud13.org/Portals/0/AO/DOCS/S-2020-023.pdf

  • All petit jury selection proceedings and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended until further notice or order of the chief judge.
  • Small Claims and County Civil Cases All matters in cases filed in the County Civil Division may be conducted by (a) teleconferencing; (b) audiovisual conferencing; (c) submission of written motions and written responses with legal analysis; or (d) a combination of these methods, except for residential eviction cases based solely on non-payment of rent and except for any mortgage foreclosure cases both of which have been temporarily stayed by the governor.
  • All matters in cases filed in the Circuit Civil Division may be conducted by (a) teleconferencing; (b) audiovisual conferencing; (c) submission of written motions and written responses with legal analysis; 8 or (d) a combination of these methods, except for any residential eviction cases based solely on non-payment of rent and except for mortgage foreclosure cases both of which have been temporarily stayed by the governor.
  • Mediation may be conducted as long as all participants are physically able to maintain at least a 6-foot social distance from each other at all times or the mediation session is conducted by teleconferencing or audiovisual conferencing.

NEW ORDERS SETTING HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES IN COURTS

AOSC20-23 Amendment 2 Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures

AOSC20-32
 In re COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions for Phase 2 expands the type of hearings that can be held face-to-face when the Circuit meets the criteria.

AOSC20-32 - COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR PHASE 2   https://www.fljud13.org/Portals/0/AO/SupremeCourt/AOSC20-32Amendment1.pdf?ver=2020-06-17-175220-930


FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties)


https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/ezs3download/download/637809/7251452


Updated Administrative Order AOSC20-23. Local chief judges now can remove the suspension of jury trials locally 30 days after determining that the trial-court circuit or a county within the circuit has transitioned to Phase 2 operations. 


FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Palm Beach County)

06/30/2020 AO 12.510-06/2020.12 In Re: Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19

[https://www.15thcircuit.com/sites/default/files/administrative-orders/12.510.pdf]
  • Jury trials suspended until further Order of the Court.


SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Monroe County)

Eighth Amended Exhibit A to Emergency Directive 20-03 dated May 12, 2020:

[https://0201.nccdn.net/1_2/000/000/0e4/8c2/Emergency-Directive-20-03-8th-Amended-Exhibit-A.pdf]

  • Non-residents can demonstrate that they have legitimate business in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County now by providing documentation demonstrating Court business such as a hearing notice, deposition notice, subpoena, Florida Bar card or similar credential from another state.

https://0201.nccdn.net/1_2/000/000/08c/7bf/Administrative-Order-Supreme-Court-20-23.pdf
  • All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials were suspended beginning Monday March 16, 2020 and will remain suspended until May 29, 2020 or as further ordered by the Florida Supreme Court.
  • Only mission critical matters to be heard.
  • All other hearing postponed to be rescheduled by parties or Court.
  • Where available, technological means of communication to be used.


SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Broward County)

05/28/2020 AO 2020-44-Temp – Fourth Emergency Administrative Order Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

[http://www.17th.flcourts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-44-Temp.pdf]
  • Continuing operations via remote technological means until further notice.  Except as may be authorized by the Chief Judge, no face-to-face/in-person hearings will take place during this time.
  • Except as otherwise provided herein, no member of the public shall be provided access to any courthouse facility.
  • Effective June 1, 2020, the Clerk of Courts may resume normal operations, including opening windows for transactions, while observing social distancing and wearing masks or other facial coverings.  Any person seeking access to the courthouse for purposes of conducting business with the Clerk of Courts may be permitted access for such purpose.
  • Any individual entering a courthouse facility must be wearing a mask or other facial covering.  Masks and facial coverings must be worn in all common areas of any courthouse.  All individuals entering any courthouse will be subject to a noninvasive temperature scan and may be required to answer certain health-related questions.
  • Jury Proceedings and Jury Trials.  All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials shall remain suspended through July 31, 2020 or any other future date as determined by administrative order from the Florida Supreme Court.

17th Judicial Circuit Virtual Jury Trial Initiative: Mock Jury Zoom http://www.17th.flcourts.org/2020/05/18/17th-judicial-circuit-virtual-jury-trial-initiative/
  • The Office of the Clerk of Court will open all offices Wednesday, June 03, 2020.  No courtrooms will be open. Masks are required to enter any courthouse.
  • An announcement regarding future court activities will be made later this month.

6/8/2020 Press Release – Broward’s Courthouses Remain Closed, with Few Exceptions  
[http://www.17th.flcourts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Access-to-Courthouse_June-5-2020.pdf]

Courthouses remain closed through July; Remote operations utilized.

http://www.17th.flcourts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-53-Temp.pdf


EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Brevard and Seminole)
  • The courts of Brevard County and Seminole County are open on a limited basis through July 20, 2020 in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Adhering to Florida Supreme Court directives.

6/8/2020 AO 20-28 Amended
IN RE: ADMINISTRATIVE RULES - COVID-19 REOPENING PROCEDURES - TRANSITIONING FROM PHASE 1 TO PHASE 2

[https://flcourts18.org/docs/Covid19/20-28_amd.pdf]
              


NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie)
  • May 27th, 2020 : The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit is taking measures to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on local court proceedings while taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of the public and court personnel. Consistent with guidance from the Florida Supreme Court, per AOSC20-15 and AOSC20-17 - the courts will utilize telecommunications to the maximum extent possible to conduct all court proceedings through May 29th, 2020. In accordance with AO 2020-01 essential court proceedings will continue . . . .
  • In accordance with Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-23 all jury trials will be suspended through July 17, 2020.  

6/3/2020 AO 2020-10 In re: COVID-19 Reopening Jury Protocols

[http://www.circuit19.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/2020-10.pdf]
  • Nineteenth Judicial Circuit to transition from Phase One to Phase Two beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • While in Phase Two, the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit will continue to maximize remote court proceedings and programs.
  • Several essential and non-essential court proceedings will be conducted remotely via Zoom or teleconferencing means.


TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee)

https://www.ca.cjis20.org/pdf/ao/ao_2_39_amended.pdf

  • The 20th Judicial Circuit Courthouses remain open, however please do not visit any of our courthouses unless you are there for official court business. Attorneys, parties and witnesses with upcoming trials or hearings are advised to contact the appropriate judicial office with any questions. Please see AO 2.39 for more about how proceedings are being conducted. All criminal and civil jury trials are to remain suspended through July 26, 2020.
  • Handling of critical and essential court proceedings when possible will be held remotely.
  • Non-essential and non-critical court proceedings will be held remotely.

5/29/2020 Advisory #10 - The 20th Judicial Circuit Courts move into Phase Two of operations

[https://www.ca.cjis20.org/pdf/20thJudicialCircuitAlert_COVID-19_Advisory10.pdf]


FEDERAL COURTS


SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


The Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business.

The Court will hear oral arguments by telephone conference on May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 in a limited number of previously postponed cases. In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Justices and counsel will all participate remotely. The oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. On days when more than one case will be heard, the second case will begin promptly following the first case.

 

ELEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

07/06/2020 Amended General Order No. 45

[http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/courtdocs/clk/GeneralOrder45Amended.pdf]
  • Authorizing panels to hear oral arguments by audio or video conferencing (previously only audio)
  • Oral arguments will be live-streamed; when video unavailable, audio recordings will be available
  • Order does not apply to public security or other cases that would generally not be open to the public


SOUTHERN DISTRICT COURT OF FLORIDA

06/29/220 Fifth Order Concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings

[https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-41.pdf]
  • All jury trials in the Southern District of Florida scheduled to begin on or after March 30, 2020, are continued until October 13, 2020. The Court may issue other Orders  concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate.


MIDDLE DISTRICT COURT OF FLORIDA


NORTHERN DISTRICT COURT OF FLORIDA

http://www.flnd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/general-ordes/20200507_AdminOrder_COVID19_JuryTrialExt.pdf
  • All Court locations in the Northern District of Florida remain closed to the public, with the exception of those who are required to attend Court hearings, trials, or other matters before the Court requiring in-person attendance.
  • Until further notice, all initial appearances, detention hearings, and arraignments in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida will be conducted via video teleconferencing. In-person hearings, when possible, have been converted to telephonic or video conference hearings.
  • All jury trials in the Northern District of Florida that are scheduled to occur between May 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, are continued. 
  • All Central Violations Bureau (CVB) initial appearances scheduled for the Pensacola, Panama City and Gainesville Divisions on June 17, 2020, are rescheduled.
  • All CVB initial appearances for the Pensacola Division will be held at 8:30 a.m. on July 15, 2020, CVB initial appearances for the Panama City Division will be held at 1:30 p.m. on July 15, 2020, and CVB initial appearances for the Gainesville Division will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 26, 2020
  • All naturalization ceremonies in the Northern District of Florida are suspended through June 30, 2020. Questions regarding naturalization should be directed to USCIS at 800-375-5283.

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