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See below for information on setting hearings, uncontested divorce finalizations, bench trials, jury trials and family law temporary relief hearings.  

 

Please carefully review the information below before calling the Judicial Assistant to request time on the court’s docket.

 

Guidelines For Scheduling Hearings

WHEN YOU SCHEDULE A HEARING – DO NOTICE OF HEARING, NOTIFYING ALL PARTIES, INCLUDING FILING WITH THE CLERK AND COPYING THE JUDGE’S OFFICE WITHIN 24 HOURS.


Please be sure all parties are copied on all correspondence, as well as including case name and number. Our office cannot communicate with either party on an ex parte basis.


Attorneys must set open Docket, fifteen and thirty minute hearings themselves through the Judicial Automated Workflow System (”JAWS”)(see below); the Judicial Assistant does not set these hearings.  Any other type of hearing is set by the Judicial Assistant. Please email the Judicial Assistant for hearing times more than 30 minutes at decroitf@fljud13.org

 

Hearing times may not be scheduled through JAWS unless the written motion or other pleading for which the hearing is needed is simultaneously (ie: same day) filed with the Clerk of Court; 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.

 

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


Open Docket - Uniform Motion Calendar

Division “T” is extremely busy.  The court encourages parties to address matters on its Open Docket whenever possible.  Short, routine matters not requiring more than five to seven minutes combined for both sides should be set on the Open Docket,  including uncontested divorce finalizations.

 

The court generally has several Open Docket times available each month. Only one such hearing per side, per day is permitted absent leave of court. 

 

Attorneys must set Open Docket hearings themselves through JAWS.


Fifteen and Thirty Minute Hearings

Hearing time is generally available in fifteen and thirty minute increments several days a month.  Only one such hearing per side, per day is permitted absent leave of court. Uncontested divorce finalizations may not be set for 15 minute hearings, unless approved by the JA.

 

Uncontested divorce finalizations should be set on the Open Docket or handled through the mail where the parties choose to waive a final hearing (See Preferences/Procedures Tab for instructions on how to finalize uncontested divorce cases by mail).

 

Attorneys must set fifteen and thirty minute hearings themselves through JAWS


Parties are directed to provide courtesy copies of pending pleadings to the Court directly, not through JAWS.

 

Sixty Minute Hearings and Hearings Exceeding Sixty Minutes 
These hearings may not be set through JAWS.  Attorneys requesting more than thirty minute hearings must contact the Judicial Assistant @ decroitf@fljud13.org to discuss available times. Attorneys are encouraged to supplement the record with appropriate written materials as much as possible to save hearing time.
 

Parties are directed to provide courtesy copies of pending pleadings to the Court directly, not through JAWS.


Cancellation of Hearings: 

Scheduled hearings are NOT to be cancelled by stipulation or otherwise without Court approval and Court Order. After such approval, Notices of Cancellation are to be filed and copied to the Judge’s office or, if last minute or an emergency basis, information to be relayed verbally AND by email to Judicial Assistant.


Bench Trials and Final Hearings
Bench trials and final hearings in all civil and family law cases (and corresponding pre-trial conferences “PTC”) will be held in this Division on the following weeks:

Pre-Trial Conference - PTC's will be scheduled on Thursdays at 9:30am. In 2017 PTC’s will be held on Wednesday’s at 8:30am, unless underlined below. 


Oct 6, 2016 Nov 3, 2016  Dec 1, 2016
Jan 4, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Feb 1, 2017 
Feb 15, 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Mar 15, 2017 
Apr 13, 2017 Apr 19, 2017  May 3, 2017
May 17, 2017  June 7, 2017  June 21, 2017 
July 5, 2017 July 19, 2017 Aug 2, 2017 
Aug 16, 2017  Sept 6, 2017  Sept 27, 2017
Oct 4, 2017  Oct 18, 2017  Nov 1, 2017 
Nov 8, 2017  Dec 13, 2017  Dec 20, 2017 


Cases are set for trial or final hearing only by the Judge or the J.A.(unless it is uncontested). When a case is set for trial or final hearing a specific date/time and the designated PTC date will be given by the J.A.  Please keep in mind all trials will be date certain in Division “T”.

Jury Trials
Jury trials will be held in this Division on the following weeks in Tampa (courtroom to TBA):

Jury Trial Weeks

2016
Nov 14, 2016 (no longer available)
Dec 5, 2016  (no longer available)
 
2017
Jan 23, 2017 (available)
Feb 20, 2017  (no longer available)
Mar 27, 2017  (no longer available)
Apr 3, 2017    (no longer available)
May 8, 2017 (available)
June 26, 2017 (available)
July 24, 2017 (available)
Aug 28, 2017 (available)
Sept 11, 2017 (available)
Oct 23, 2017 (available)
Nov 13, 2017 (available)
Dec 4, 2017  (available)

Cases are set for jury trial only by the Judge or the J.A.  When a case is set for trial a specific time and the designated PTC date will be given by the J.A. 

Because jurors are only summoned to the George Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa, all jury selections and jury trials must take place at that location, not Plant City.

Family Law Temporary Relief Hearings
1.  Because of the busy docket in Division T, family law temporary relief hearings are generally limited to one hour absent extraordinary circumstances and prior approval of the court.
2.  Counsel should contact the Judicial Assistant for available hearing times.
3.  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.
4.  At least 48 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 Hearing Memorandum (see “Forms” tab to the left for details).  A proposed Parenting Plan is required if the case involves minor children.
5.  Pleadings are to be provided to the Court directly, not through JAWS.


Case Management Conferences for Attorneys

All Attorney CMC’s will be held on Thursdays at 9:30am, 10:30 am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm and on occasion 3:30pm.


Attorney CMC
 


Oct 20, 2016  Nov 10, 2016  Dec 15, 2016
Jan 4, 2017  Jan 18, 2017  Feb 1, 2017 
Feb 15, 2017  Mar 1, 2017  Mar 15, 2017 
Apr 13, 2017 April 19, 2017  May 3, 2017 
May 17, 2017 June 7, 2017  June 21, 2017 
July 5, 2017  July 19, 2017  Aug 2, 2017 
Aug 16, 2017  Sept 6, 2017  Sept 27, 2017 
Oct 4, 2017  Oct 18, 2017 Nov 1, 2017 
Nov 8, 2017  Dec 13, 2017  Dec 20, 2017