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Procedures/Preferences


-Division A-


– DIVISION A IS PAPERLESS.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN HARD COPIES OF ORDERS TO BE SIGNED.  ALL ORDERS MUST BE UPLOADED TO JAWS WITH A COVER LETTER.


– Attorneys please do not upload any orders to JAWS until all required documents have been filed in the Court file.  Please wait 3 business days after filing through the e-portal or submitting original documents to upload the Order to allow time for the Clerk’s office to docket same.  Any Orders uploaded without compliance with the above requirements having been met will be rejected by the Clerk’s office and removed from the judge’s work queue.  Upload all orders in PDF format NOT MS Word.


– Documents filed in response to an Order to Show Cause MUST be filed no later than 5 business days prior to the hearing.  Documents filed after this date will not result in cancellation of the Order to Show Cause Hearing. NOTE: This includes petition and order extending time.


– For Incapacity hearings, please notify the division at least 3 business days prior to the hearing if you will or will not be providing a court reporter.  Failure to notify the judge’s office AND failure to provide a court reporter will result in cancellation of the scheduled hearing.


– The parties are required to attend mediation prior to attending any hearing for 3 hours or more.  Failure to attend mediation shall result in cancellation of the hearing.


– Attorneys must bring hard copies of all case law authority being cited or relied upon at all contested hearings.


– Every Order that is uploaded to JAWS as a result of a hearing MUST include the date of the hearing in the opening paragraph of the Order and SHOULD NOT be uploaded more than 2 days before the hearing.   If an Order is uploaded more than 2 days in advance of a hearing, the Clerk of the Circuit Court will reject and remove the Order. Division A is electronic and ALL Orders MUST be uploaded to JAWS- see www.fljud13.org PLEASE DO NOT MAIL IN HARD COPIES OF PROPOSED ORDERS.


– The preferred method for scheduling in Division A is by email request rather than telephone.  Please email probatedivisiona@fljud13.org only after checking JAWS.  JAWS will have 15,30,45 minute and 1 hour times available times as well as Uniform Motion Calendars. If any case has opposing counsel/parties- they MUST be copied on any emails to the division.


– All Orders MUST carry something of substance on the judge’s signature page,- i.e., no hanging signatures.

 

– A hearing is not required to approve a minor’s settlement provided all conditions precedent have been met, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  1. Appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem to review the proposed settlement.
  2. Filing of the Guardian Ad Litem’s Report.
  3. Appointment of a Guardian of the Property, Issuance of Letters of Guardianship and Designation of Depository Account, when applicable.
  4. Waiver of Hearing by all Interested Parties

If all procedural statutory requirements have been met, and there is no objection to the settlement by an Interested Party, proposed orders may be uploaded to JAWS for entry without the necessity of a hearing.