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Procedures/Preferences

PERTAINING TO GENERAL COUNTY CIVIL MATTERS (NON-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RELATED):

 

SCHEDULING HEARINGS AND CANCELLATION OF HEARINGS:

 

  • A motion must be filed with the Clerk of Court before setting the matter for hearing in JAWS or requesting hearing time from the Judicial Assistant.

  • All matters requiring 15 minutes or less of hearing time must be scheduled through JAWS.

  • Any matters requiring more than 15 minutes of hearing time must be scheduled through Judicial Assistant Carol Brite. You may contact her at (813) 272-6806 to obtain available hearing times.

  • After obtaining a hearing time either through JAWS or the Judicial Assistant, a Notice of Hearing must be e-filed with the Clerk of Court and a copy mailed or emailed to my office.

  • Any hearing cancelation must be made in writing and emailed to civdivl@fljud13.org.

 

SUBMITTING ORDERS:

 

A HARD COPY OF PROPOSED ORDERS, ALONG WITH ENVELOPES AND POSTAGE, MUST BE PROVIDED TO THE JUDGE'S OFFICE.

 

  • After a hearing, proposed orders along with copies for conforming are to be submitted to the court on paper. Please also include addressed envelopes with postage for each party due to receive a copy of the order.

  • Please submit orders to the court within three (3) weeks of the hearing and ruling.

 

APPEARANCE AT HEARINGS:

 

  • No party may appear by phone for a pre-trial conference. Any special request for phone appearance must be submitted to the Court in writing prior to the scheduled pre-trial.

  • No party may appear by phone for a mediation. Any special request for phone appearance must be submitted to the Court in writing prior to the scheduled final hearing.

  • No party may appear by phone for a final hearing. Any special request for phone appearance must be submitted to the Court in writing prior to the scheduled final hearing.

  • No party may appear by phone for a hearing scheduled for one (1) hour or longer.

  • Any other hearing for which an attorney or party wishes to appear by phone, permission must be sought from the Court through a written motion.

 

E-FILING BY ATTORNEYS:

 

All motions, affidavits, stipulations and any document except an order is to be electronically filed through the e-filing portal.

 

CASE LAW AND LEGAL AUTHORITY:

 

Please provide case law and any legal authority to the court two (2) business days prior to a scheduled hearing.