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Procedures/Preferences

 

SCHEDULING HEARINGS AND CANCELLATION OF HEARINGS:

  •   All matters requiring 15 minutes or less of hearing time must be scheduled through JAWS (CC Hearings). 
  •   Any matters requiring more than 15 minutes of hearing time must be scheduled through Judicial Assistant Beth Schatzberg.  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. 
  •   Any hearing cancellation must be made in writing, e-filed into the portal and emailed to civdivL@fljud13.org.
  •   No cross notice of hearing should be set without permission from scheduling attorney.
     

SUBMITTING ORDERS:

 

  •  Our Division is NOT paperless due to the number of parties without counsel.  Orders may be submitted through JAWS as long as both parties are represented by counsel.  If one or both parties are pro-se, we require the original & copies be sent regular mail with pre-addressed stamped envelopes along with extra copies to be conformed.
  • After a hearing, proposed orders may be submitted to the court via JAWS as long as both parties are represented by counsel.  All orders involving pro-se parties will need to be sent in via US Mail.  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.  
  • Please DO NOT submit orders to JAWS AND via US MAIL.  It will delay having it signed.  Only submit it one way or the other – not both.

 

APPEARANCE AT HEARINGS:

  • Appearance for a hearing on a Uniform Motion Calendar can occur by phone without prior express permission of the Court in the marked telephonic hearing time @ 9:30 a.m.
  • No party may appear by phone for a pre-trial conference, dismissal docket or final hearing.  Any special request for phone appearance must be submitted to the Court in writing prior to the scheduled 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, unless otherwise instructed.

 

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.