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The Honorable Caroline Tesche Arkin

COVID-19 - Advisement Circuit Civil Division "K"

Because of the restrictions occasioned by COVID-19, and consistent with the 13th Judicial Circuit Administrative Orders and related guidelines as posted on, there will be no in person hearings in Circuit Civil Division K until further order.


             We are conducting telephonic hearings, and you may access your already scheduled hearing by calling the WEBEX line as indicated on Judge Tesche Arkin’s web page; the Number is 813-272-5801; the access Code is: 994-670-953.

The court will also be conducting certain hearings utilizing the Zoom platform, on a case-by-case basis.  Information on these hearings will be provided by a specific order on the case, or by other communication to the parties directly from the court.

The Court’s Zoom link is: and Zoom Meeting ID is 923 3319 0791

Counsel may also agree to submit motions and briefs by email and to JAWS for the court’s review and ruling in lieu of a hearing.  If you choose to do so, please contact Judge Tesche Arkin’s assistant, Mona Baker, at so that we know to expect written submissions rather than a telephonic hearing.  Please observe these page limitations for briefing of written submissions:  for a 15 minute hearing, not to exceed 5 pages; for a 30 minute hearing, not to exceed 10 pages; for an hour hearing, not to exceed 15 pages.  For any hearings longer than 60 minutes or for evidentiary hearings, please contact Mona Baker, as above.

You may submit case law and memorandum to the court via-email, with copies e-mailed to opposing counsel, at least 48 hours in advance of your WEBEX or Zoom hearing. Please refrain from voluminous submissions utilizing this method of communication, however.

Please do not submit briefing notebooks; submit your motions and memoranda by email.  Due to present work-place constraints, mailed and delivered submissions will not be reviewed

Further, all orders are to be submitted through JAWS, and the court will not sign, conform and distribute paper orders until further notice.

Please keep up-to-date with 13th Judicial Circuit Administrative Orders and Orders form The Florida Supreme Court as were are in an ever-changing landscape.             

We apologize for these inconveniences.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as our primary concern is to maintain safe social distancing and do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.