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You are here: Judicial Directory > Denise A. Pomponio > Procedures/Preferences

Procedures/Preferences

Guidelines for Scheduling Hearings 

 

All scheduling is through email communication only. To schedule a hearing, send a request for hearing dates to FamlawdivI@fljud13.org. Please be sure the case name and number are indicated in the subject line and all counsel or self-represented parties are copied on all correspondence. Our office cannot communicate with either party on an ex parte basis.

 

Counsel and parties shall assure they have met with the mediation and General Magistrate requirements prior to contacting the Court or reserving hearing time through JAWS.

 

WHEN YOU SCHEDULE A HEARING – ONCE CONFIRMED, PREPARE AND FILE A NOTICE OF HEARING NOTIFYING ALL PARTIES AND FURNISH A COPY TO THE JUDGE’S OFFICE WITHIN 24 HOURS.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  RESPONSES TO MOTIONS AND COPIES OF CASE LAW MUST BE DELIVERED TO THIS COURT FIVE (5) BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE HEARING TO ENABLE A REVIEW BY THE COURT. ANY RESPONSES TO MOTIONS AND COPIES OF CASE LAW DELIVERED TO THIS COURT LESS THAN FIVE (5) BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE HEARING WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR CONSIDERED AT THE HEARING.

 

Attorneys must set open docket, uncontested, fifteen-minute, and thirty-minute hearings themselves through JAW; the Judicial Assistant does not set these hearings. Any other type of hearing is set by the Judicial Assistant. (ie: Case Management Conferences, hearings 1-hour or more, TPR/Adoption hearings, and UCCJEA Conferences). Please email the Judicial Assistant for hearing times at FamlawdivI@fljud13.org. . 

 

Hearing times may not be scheduled through JAWS prior to filing a written motion or other pleading for which the hearing is needed; attorneys are not permitted to reserve hearing times through JAWS first and then file a motion afterward.  

 

Attorneys are not permitted to “stack” consecutive hearing times to obtain longer hearings in the same case, but they may set hearings in different cases on the same day. 

 

There will be no cross-noticing on hearing time or "piggybacking" one motion upon a previously scheduled motion without timely notice to the parties and the Court. No "piggybacked" motion will be heard unless it is determined by the Court that the docket will accommodate the hearing of the additional matters at the scheduled time. The motions will be heard in the order in which they are scheduled. 

 

If the requesting attorney or self-represented party sends the dates to the opposing attorney or opposing self-represented party by email, the responding self-represented party or an attorney or a representative in the attorney's office must respond via email within two (2) business days of receipt of the request. If the responding party or attorney fails to respond via email within two (2) business days, the requesting party may select the hearing date and time of his or her choice.  

 

If counsel/parties cannot agree on a date from the first set of dates offered, the Judicial Assistant will provide a second set of dates or counsel may obtain them through JAWS. If counsel/parties cannot agree on a date from the second set of dates offered, please email the Judicial Assistant of the scheduling impasse and the Court will unilaterally set a date. If there is no opposing counsel you must coordinate with the pro se party, by phone or email. 

 

Hearings set in violation of these guidelines are subject to cancellation by the Court.

 

Attorney Case Management Conference  

Case Management Conferences are set by the Court. If you would like to request a Case Management Conference, please file a motion and send a courtesy copy to the Judicial Assistant by email with a request for available dates. Due to the high volume at Case Management Conferences, motions are not permitted to be added to the scheduled time. If your client has a conflict and cannot attend the Case Management Conference in person its preferred counsel appear and the clients appearance be waived rather than having them appear by telephone. To request such, please file a motion and submit a proposed order. 

 

Either Party may move the Court for entry of an order continuing the first Case Management Conference to a later date by sending to the Judge's chambers a jointly-signed statement and Order approving same that states: (1) service of process has been effectuated and an Answer or responsive pleading has been filed; (2) both parties have exchanged Financial Affidavits, complied fully with mandatory disclosure requirements and have filed proposed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet; (3) if there are minor children, that both parties have completed the parenting course and filed their Certificates of Completion; (4) that mediation has been completed or is scheduled and will not be canceled except by Order of Court; (5) the date and time of the new Case Management Conference that has been provided by the Judicial Assistant and cleared by both parties, which conference shall be within 60-90 days of the originally-scheduled date. 

 

A case management conference may only be canceled if (1) the case settles prior to the date of the case management conference; (2) the written settlement agreement is provided to the presiding Judge; and (3) the presiding Judge authorizes the cancellation. A final disposition form and final judgment must be submitted to the court within 10 days of the cancellation, if no hearing is required to prove the elements of the case. If a hearing is required to prove the elements of the case, the case management conference will be used for the final hearing unless an earlier date is cleared and properly calendared. 

 

Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC)/Open Docket  

The Court encourages parties to address matters on its Uniform Motion Calendar/Open Docket whenever possible. The Uniform Motion Calendar/Open Docket is for short, routine, non-evidentiary hearings up to seven (7) minutes in length for family law cases and up to ten (10) minutes in length for civil cases. You may set uncontested final hearings, motions to compel discovery, motions for protective orders, motions to withdraw, motions to continue, et cetera, on the UMC/Open Docket. Complex matters will not be heard. 

 

Attorneys must set Uniform Motion Calendar/Open Docket hearings themselves through JAWS. 

 

Uncontested Final Hearing Docket 

Uncontested Final Hearings should be scheduled on the Uncontested Final Hearing Docket, Case Management Docket, or Uniform Motion Calendar/Open Docket. 

 

15-Minute and 30-Minute Hearings 

Hearing time is generally available in 15-minute, and 30-minute increments several days a month. Uncontested divorce finalizations should not be set for 15 minute hearings, unless approved by the Judicial Assistant. Final hearings after default should be set on the 15-minute or 30-minute docket. 

 

Attorneys must set 15-minute and 30-minute hearings themselves through JAWS. 

 

Exhibits for evidentiary hearings must be redacted to protect confidential information. 

 

Hearings 1-Hour or More 

These hearings may not be set through JAWS. For hearing requests exceeding 1-hour in length, email the Judicial Assistant at FamlawdivI@fljud13.org, dates will be given but not reserved. 

 

Family Law Temporary Relief Hearings 

1.    Family law temporary relief hearings are generally limited to 1-hour absent extraordinary circumstances and prior approval of the Court. 

2.    The moving party must schedule and cooperate in attending mediation prior to the temporary hearing. If this does not happen, the hearing will be canceled by the Court. If the non-moving party is the party not cooperating, that matter will be addressed by the Court at the temporary hearing and sanctions may be entered. 

3.    At least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the temporary relief hearing, the moving party will file an original and serve a copy on all parties, including the Judge, a Temporary Relief Memorandum. A proposed Parenting Plan is required if the case involves minor children. 


Termination of Parental Rights/Adoption Hearings 

To set a hearing on any Termination of Parental Rights/Adoption Proceeding, the requesting attorney or self-represented party should email the Judicial Assistant for hearing time and copy the opposing attorney or opposing self-represented party. Specify the case style, case number, and type of matter. Petitioner(s) must file all documents required by The Florida Adoption Act, Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the scheduled final hearing. Failure to file any required documents at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the final hearing may result in the cancellation of the hearing. 

 

Cancellation of Hearings

Notices of Cancellation are to be filed with a Cover Letter, Motion and Proposed Order, please make sure all parties are included.

 

Bench Trials and Final Hearings

For Bench Trial and Final Hearing requests over 2-hours, if all requirements have been satisfied and the parties have mediated and reached an impasse, the requesting attorney or self-represented party, should request dates directly from the presiding Judge at the next scheduled Case Management Conference. If there is not an upcoming Case Management Conference scheduled please email the Judicial Assistant for available dates. In all cases in which a trial is scheduled for more than two (2) hours, a pretrial conference is required. ALL MOTIONS MUST BE FILED AND HEARD BY THE COURT BEFORE THE PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE.