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Procedures/Preferences

All matters requiring 7 minutes or less that do not require a court reporter should be set on the UMC (Uniform Motion Calendar) through JAWS.  A Motion or Order is not needed to appear by phone on the UMC Calendar. (Please read all instructions when scheduling on our UMC Calendar for more details.)

COURT HEARINGS
NEW dates/times is released on the last Monday of every month unless a holiday falls on that day, then the Friday prior at 7:30am. When no dates/times available, check periodically in JAWS for any cancellations, since we have no control over that.

CANCELLATIONS
Attorneys must cancel the hearing through JAWS and e-file to the Clerk’s office as well. If faxing Notice of Cancellation, it must be done 8 hours prior to scheduled hearing and notify ALL parties involved.  

 

**SCHEDULE CASES FOR “PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION” AND "BREACH OF CONTRACT" CASES, DEALING WITH INSURANCE COMPANY. PLEASE SET ON A DAILY 15 or DAILY 30 TIME SLOT PER JUDGE, ISSUES ARE NOT EASILY HANDLED IN A TIME SLOT FOR 7 MINUTES OR LESS.


CASE LAW AND LEGAL AUTHORITY:
Please provide case law and any legal authority to the court three (3) business days prior to a scheduled hearing.


APPEARANCE AT HEARINGS:

Appearance by telephone for a hearing on the UMC Calendar do not require a Motion or Order for out of county counsel.  Any party appearing by phone shall call the court at 813-272-5542 at the scheduled hearing time.  If you receive a busy signal, please continue to call until you get through as we only have one hearing line.  If both parties are appearing by phone, you must coordinate a conference call prior to calling in.


No party may appear by phone for a Pre-Trial Conference or Dismissal Docket.


A motion and order to appear by telephone is required for all other hearing types.  The Motion must be e-filed through the Portal and the Order must be uploaded through JAWS.  Please make sure you include in the order that you will be calling 813-272-5542 at the time of the hearing and that it is GRANTED. Our orders are done electronically and we have no way of checking GRANTED or DENIED or adding the number to call into.

UNILATERALLY HEARINGS
When scheduling a Unilaterally Hearing, it needs to be schedule 90 days out and the Notice of Hearing needs to reflect that as well.


E-FILING BY ATTORNEYS:
All Motions, affidavits, stipulations, and any other document except an order is to be e-filled through the Clerk’s portal.


SUBMITTING ORDERS:
Our Division is paperless and ALL orders must be submitted electronically via JAWS in PDF format. To view important information regarding uploading orders please click here.

Please do not upload any orders prior to the hearing they must be uploaded after the hearing.


IF YOU WANT TO WAIVE APPEARANCE AT PRE – TRIAL YES YOU CAN.
Look under FORMS