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

October 7, 2020

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR FLORIDA COURTS

(As Pertaining to Civil Cases)

STATE COURTS

08/12/2020 Amendment 6 to AOSC20-23 - Order on COVID emergency measures in the state courts
[https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/ezs3download/download/642474/7297339]

08/12/2020 Amendment 3 to AOSC20-32 COVID-19 health & safety procedures in the state courts
[https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/ezs3download/download/642473/7297334]
  • Providing updated criteria for the transition to different phases
  • Requiring a human resources policy at each court to address potential COVID-19 exposure of court employees and judges
  • Updating health screening criteria for entry into a courthouse
  • Providing updated guidance for courts in monitoring local conditions and public health data when expanding in-person proceedings
  • Providing a methodology to determine deteriorating local health conditions that would require an amendment to a local operational plan or a return to an earlier phase

10/2/2020 Amendment 7 to AOSC20-23 - Order on COVID emergency measures in the state courts
[https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/672679/file/AOSC20-23-Amendment-7.pdf]

9/30/2020 Amendment 1 - AOSC20-12 - Order on monitoring and planning in response to COVID-19
[https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/672284/file/AOSC20-12-Amendment-1.pdf]


FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

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

Statewide grand jury proceedings shall remain suspended through July 26, 2020.

All other jury proceedings, including grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials, shall remain suspended until 30 days after the chief judge of a judicial circuit has determined that the circuit or a county within the circuit has transitioned to Phase 2 pursuant to Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC20-32.

Essential and critical trial court proceedings should continue to be conducted remotely or, if necessary, in person.

In re: Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Program, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC20-31, judicial circuits selected to participate in the program may during and after COVID-19 conduct remote civil jury trials pursuant to the requirements established by the workgroup.

AOSC20-23 Updates new deadlines and address new Phase 3 guidelines -  https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/ezs3download/download/639134/7265622
                                                                                                                  

AOSC20-32  Establish a certification process for moving to Phase 3  - https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/ezs3download/download/639136/7265632


INTERMEDIATE APPELLATE COURTS


FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

  • August and September Oral Arguments conducted on zoom video platform. The resulting video and audio will be available to the public on the court’s website at https://www.1dca.org/
  • Following Florida Supreme Court directives.
Message to the Public (updated 8/03/2020)
[https://www.1dca.org/content/download/639002/7264019/A%20MESSAGE%20TO%20THE%20PUBLIC_updated%208-3-20.pdf]


SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

  • The Second DCA will be conducting oral arguments remotely beginning in May.


THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

09/04/2020 Notice - THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL BUILDING RE-OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

In view of the decline of the positivity rate for  COVID-19 cases, and the related decline in hospitalizations and emergency department visits in our district, the Third District Court of Appeal, has met the Florida State Courts guidelines to advance to the next phase of post-COVID-19 reopening.

As a result, the courthouse building is now open to the public.  The following safety requirements must be observed:
 

  • Persons visiting the Clerk’s Office will be allowed entry after successful completion of a COVID-19 health screening and temperature check.
  • While on the premises, all persons must wear a face covering and gloves.  If needed, mask and gloves will be provided at no charge, at the security checkpoint.
  • Current CDC social distancing guidelines must be observed at all times.
  • The courtroom remains closed as oral arguments continue to be conducted remotely.
  • All other visitors must make an appointment with the Marshal at (305)229-3200 ext.0.
  • Attorneys and pro se litigants should continue to file documents electronically, via the Florida E-Filing portal at www.myflcourtaccess.com.


FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

  • The Court’s in-person oral argument sessions scheduled through July 28th have been canceled.
  • Oral arguments which will be conducted by audio or video conference will be streamed for the public on the Court’s website.
  • The court may reschedule future oral arguments or conduct oral argument by remote means.
  • No oral arguments will be held in the month of August.


FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OR APPEAL

https://www.circuit5.org/
  • Essential Hearings and Approved Non-Essential hearings are being conducted via electronic means.
  • Following the directive of Florida Supreme Court.


CIRCUIT AND COUNTY COURTS


FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties)

09/10/2020 ESAD 2020-08 COVID-19 Escambia County Phase 2 Operations Effective 09.14.20
[https://www.firstjudicialcircuit.org/sites/default/files/document_library/ESAD%202020-08%20COVID-19%20Escambia%20County%20Phase%202%20Operations%20Effective%2009.14.20.pdf]

09/02/2020 AO 2020-35 COVID-19 Resumption of Full Phase 2 Operations and Employee Screening Policy
[https://www.firstjudicialcircuit.org/sites/default/files/document_library/2020-35%20COVID-19%20Resumption%20of%20Full%20Phase%202%20Operations%20and%20Employee%20Screening%20Policy.pdf]


SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

  • Supreme Court issued “Best Practices” guidelines on May 11, 2020, that were developed by a statewide COVID-19 Workgroup to help people navigate new remote procedures used by state courts in the coronavirus pandemic
  • Court will reschedule proceedings or arrange for remote capabilities
  • Mediation may be conducted by video conference or telephone when possible.
  • Following Florida Supreme Court directives


THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor Counties)


FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties)


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)
 

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 Sixth Judicial Circuit Covid-19 Information and Updates http://www.jud6.org/Covid-19Information07062020.pdf


SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties)

07/02/2020 Re:  Phase 2 Transitions for Court Facilities

[http://www.circuit7.org/Communications/Phase_2.pdf]


EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union Counties)

07/27/2020 AO 11.35
[https://circuit8.org/wp-content/uploads/11.35-Alachua-County-Transition-to-Phase-2.pdf]

  • Alachua County transitioning to Phase 2 effective 07/28/2020


NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Orange and Osceola Counties)
  • Jury trial to resume in October


Continued updates on the Tenth - Twentieth Judicial Circuit and Federal Courts here

locations

Miami

Miami Office

9100 South Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1800
Miami, FL 33156

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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Miami-Dade

Key West

Key West Office

402 Applerouth Lane, Suite 2C
Key West, FL 33040

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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Monroe
Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Office

110 East Broward Blvd., Suite 1400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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Broward
West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Office

515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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Indian River | Martin | Okeechobee | Palm Beach | Saint Lucie

Tampa

Tampa Office

400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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Hernando | Hillsborough | Manatee | Pasco | Pinellas | Polk | Sarasota
Orlando

Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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Brevard | Highlands | Orange | Osceola | Seminole
Ocala

Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Alachua | Citrus | Dixie | Gilchrist | Lake | Levy | Marion | Putnam | Sumter | Volusia
Jacksonville

Jacksonville Office

76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Baker | Bradford | Clay | Columbia | Duval | Flagler | Hamilton | Nassau | Saint Johns | Union
Pensacola

Pensacola Office

125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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Escambia | Holmes | Okaloosa | Santa Rosa | Walton

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Office

1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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Bay | Calhoun | Franklin | Gadsden | Gulf | Jackson | Jefferson | Leon | Liberty | Wakulla | Washington | Madison | Lafayette | Taylor 

Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Charlotte | Collier | DeSoto | Glades | Hardee | Hendry | Lee

Mobile

Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, AL 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.287.1624

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Baldwin | Washington | Clarke | Escambia | Covington | Geneva | Houston | Henry |  Dale | Coffee | Barbour | Pike |Crenshaw | Butler  | Monroe | Clarke | Choctaw | Wilcox | Bullock | Russell

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