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

March 25, 2020

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR FLORIDA COURTS

(As Pertaining to Civil Cases)

STATE COURTS

A Message from Chief Justice
[https://youtu.be/l6BQnv1w9Bw]
03/24/2020 AOSC20-17:
[https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/632431/7186205/AOSC20-17.pdf]
[https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency]
• Jury trials suspended through April 17,2020
• Presently ongoing trials may continue at the trial court judge’s discretion
• AOSC20-13, AOSC20-15, and AOSC20-16 in effect until April 17, 2020
• Notaries may swear a witness remotely by audio-video communication technology from a location within the State of Florida, provided they can positively identify the witness
• If a witness is not located within the State of Florida, a witness may consent to being put on oath via audio-video communication technology by a person qualified to administer an oath in the State of Florida


FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

• No oral arguments scheduled in April, to be determined for May and June 2020


INTERMEDIATE APPELLATE COURTS


FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

Message from the Court (updated 03/19/2020):
[https://www.1dca.org/content/download/631942/7180822/A%20MESSAGE%20TO%20THE%20PUBLIC_updated%203-19-20.pdf]
• Oral arguments through April 2020 postponed; Panel assigned will determine whether to reschedule arguments or decide case without oral argument


SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

• Oral arguments cancelled through April 2020; By preference of the parties, oral arguments may be scheduled for a later date or case can be decided without oral argument

 

THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

• Oral arguments through April 2020 canceled; Panel assigned will determine whether to reschedule arguments or decide case without oral argument



FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

• Oral arguments scheduled for March 30, 2020 and April 7, 2020 are canceled



FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OR APPEAL

• Oral arguments through April 2020 canceled


CIRCUIT AND COUNTY COURTS


FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties)
03/20/2020 AD 2020-03 & 03/19/2020 AO 2020-08:
[https://www.firstjudicialcircuit.org/sites/default/files/document_library/OCAD2020-03%20s-block.pdf]
[https://santarosaclerk.com/uploads/2020/03/2020-08-covid-19-essential-and-critical-trial-court-proceedings.pdf]
• Only mission critical matters being heard for next 30 days
• All hearings in family, child support, county civil, circuit civil, probate, civil traffic, or any other proceeding not deemed mission critical under this order shall be rescheduled, postponed, or cancelled unless such proceedings can be effectively conducted remotely using telephonic or other electronic means, at the discretion of the presiding judge. In-person appearances for non-mission critical hearings as described above shall not be permitted.


SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla Counties)
 
• All non-essential court proceedings postponed
• Court will reschedule proceedings or arrange for remote capabilities


THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor Counties)
• Non-essential proceedings to be held remotely, if possible
• Jury trials suspended


FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties)
03/16/2020 Notice Regarding Civil Hearings:
[https://www.jud4.org/News/news-docs/Notice-Civil-Hearings-3-16-2020.aspx]
• Hearings to be conducted via telephone or video conference
• Jury trials suspended through April 17, 2020


FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties)
03/24/2020 AO A-2020-12-C:
[https://www.circuit5.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/a-2020-12-c.pdf]
• Non-essential hearings to be conducted electronically
• Following Florida Supreme Court directives


SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Pasco and Pinellas Counties)
• Jury trials suspended through April 17, 2020
• Whenever possible, all civil, family and probate proceedings were to be done by teleconference or by written submission of memorandum and that is still in effect and will remain in effect until further order of this Court.
• Only mission critical cases to be handled by Court
• In the meantime many civil, family and probate hearings and mediation sessions previously set may be held by the use of electronic means, primarily conference calls. Counsel or pro se parties should understand that the Supreme Court order does not permit in person hearings for non-essential proceedings.


SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties)
03/17/2020 AO Z-2020-30:
[http://www.circuit7.org/Communications/Chief%20Judge%20Coronavirus%20Message%202.pdf]
• Only hearing mission critical matters
• Other hearings to be rescheduled
• Judges can request, in good faith, permission to hold hearings outside parameters of Order
• In Volusia County – non-jury trials still scheduled [updated AO to be released shortly]


EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union Counties)
• Jury trials suspended
• Non-essential hearings to be held electronically, if possible
• Following Florida Supreme Court directives


NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Orange and Osceola Counties)
• Jury trials suspended through April 17, 2020
• Court proceedings to be rescheduled


TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Hardee, Highlands, and Polk Counties)
03/19/2020 AO 1-53.0:
[http://www.jud10.flcourts.org/sites/default/files/adminOrders/AO_1-53.0.pdf]
• Non-essential proceedings suspended
• Jury trials postponed
• Judges may conduct proceedings electronically, if possible


ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Miami-Dade County)
03/26/2020 AO20-04
[https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/coronavirus/ArtMID/2392/ArticleID/3451/COVID-19-Advisory-12-Administrative-Order-20-04-Extends-Postponement-of-Non-Mission-Critical-Court-Proceedings-Through-April-17th-and-Suspension-of-Time-Limits-and-Deadlines-Through-April-20th]
• All non-mission critical matters postponed through April 17
• Time limits and deadlines suspended until close of business day, April 20


TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties)
03/18/2020 AO 2020-4.2:
[https://www.jud12.flcourts.org/Portals/0/AdminOrders/Section02/2020-4.2.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-131556-567]
• Only mission essential cases to be heard
• Jury trials suspended
• Judges can conduct proceedings electronically, if possible


THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Hillsborough County)
03/18/2020 AO S-2020-019:
[https://www.fljud13.org/Portals/0/AO/DOCS/S-2020-019.pdf]
• Jury trial suspended through April 17, 2020
• Except for mission critical proceedings as provided in section 14 below and any other emergency matter arising in a civil case, all judicial proceedings in all county civil and circuit civil cases, including those with witness testimony, must be conducted by either teleconference or by written submission of memoranda. If parties or their counsel do not wish to conduct their proceedings by telephone or do not have the technical capacity to do so, the proceedings must be continued until at least April 20, 2020. If the presiding judge determines that an emergency motion requires an in-person hearing conducted prior to April 20, 2020, the judge must ensure that social distancing occurs in the courtroom, as described in section 18 below. This provision has no effect on parties or their counsel conducting discovery, including depositions.


FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties)
03/16/2020 AO 2020-00-04 & 03/24/2020 Press Release:
[https://www.jud14.flcourts.org/sites/default/files/media/doc/administrative_orders/2020-00-04.pdf]
[https://www.jud14.flcourts.org/sites/default/files/media/Press%20Release%20-%20Update%20on%20Court%20Procedures%20for%2014th%20Circuit.pdf]
• Proceedings to be conducted telephonically
• Jury trials suspended


FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Palm Beach County)
03/24/2020 AO 12.510:
[https://www.15thcircuit.com/sites/default/files/administrative-orders/12.510.pdf]
• Jury trials suspended until further notice


SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Monroe County)
03/18/2020 AO 2.077:
[https://0201.nccdn.net/1_2/000/000/0c7/dd7/16th-Judicial-Circuit-Administrative-Order-2.077.pdf]
• 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)
03/20/2020 AO 2020-23-Temp:
[http://www.17th.flcourts.org/2020/03/20/order-court-operations-through-april-17-2020/]
• Operations ceased until April 17, 2020 unless enumerated as mission critical
• Jury trials suspended until April 17, 2020 unless underway as authorized by Chief Judge
• All non-essential court proceedings are suspended and may only be performed if the presiding judge determines that the matter may effectively be conducted remotely using communication equipment. If the parties or their counsel do not wish to conduct their proceedings using communication equipment or do not have the capability to do so, the proceedings must be continued and rescheduled until at least April 20, 2020, unless all parties stipulate to the matter being determined based solely on the submission of written memoranda. Any such stipulation shall be evidenced by an agreement filed with the Clerk.


EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Brevard and Seminole)
• Jury trials suspended through April 15, 2020
• Adhering to other Florida Supreme Court directives



NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie)
• Jury trials suspended until further order of the Court
• All non-essential court proceedings to be rescheduled unless presiding judge has requested from the Chief Judge to conduct specific proceedings remotely or by electronic means


TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee)
03/18/2020 A0 2.39 & Advisory #3:
[https://www.ca.cjis20.org/pdf/ao/ao_2_39.pdf]
[https://www.ca.cjis20.org/pdf/20thJudicialCircuitAlert_COVID-19_Advisory3.pdf]
• Jury trials suspended until further notice
• Other proceedings suspended unless can be handled electronically
 

FEDERAL COURTS


SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

• March Oral Arguments suspended
03/19/2020 Order
[https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/031920zr_d1o3.pdf]
• Time for Writs of Certiorari due on or after the date of this order is extended to 150 days from the date of the lower court judgment, order denying discretionary review, or order denying a timely petition for rehearing
• Motions for extension to be liberally granted
• Modifications do not apply to certiorari that has been granted or a direct appeal or original action has been set for argument


ELEVENTH CIRCUIT OF APPEALS

03/20/2020 General Order No. 45
[http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/courtdocs/clk/GeneralOrder45.pdf]
• Oral arguments to be held via audio or teleconference
03/15/2020 General Order No. 44
[http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/courtdocs/clk/GeneralOrder44.pdf]
• Parties who have e-filed briefs and appendices will not be required to submit paper filings if notice is filed and assurance to file at a later date


NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

03/23/2020 AO [DE 345]
[http://www.flnd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/generalordes/20200323_AdminOrder_COVID19_Summary_Fina.pdf%5B87%5D.pdf]
• Jury trials cancelled for March
• In-person hearings converted to telephonic or video conferences


MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

No additional information at this time.


SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

03/20/2020 AO 2020-21 & 03/13/2020 AO 2020-18
[https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-21.pdf]
[https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-18.pdf]
• Jury trials scheduled to begin on or after March 16, 2020 through April 27, 2020 are postponed
• Judges encouraged to hold video or telephonic hearings as practicable



















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