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The Honorable Caroline Tesche Arkin


PANDEMIC ADVISEMENT: Division “K” Procedures

*** UPDATED AND EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2, 2021***


Given the recent significant rise in COVID 19 cases in this Circuit, and in light of Administrative Order S-2021-051, Judge Tesche Arkin will continue conducting many judicial proceedings by remote means, and will maintain reasonable health and safety protocols in all hearings.  Masks will be worn and social distancing will occur for all in-person hearings, until further notice. Clear masks will be available to jurors and others during in-person proceedings.  (Note: Some currently set in-person hearings may be converted to remote hearings, so please be aware of communications from the court regarding these cases)

 

DIVISION “K” HEARINGS TO BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY:

CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES, UNIFORM MOTION DOCKET HEARINGS, EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS SET FOR LESS THAN 30 MINUTES, FORECLOSURE CASES, AND MOST OTHER HEARINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY, UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED BY THE COURT. 


Evidentiary Hearings lasting more than 30 minutes may proceed remotely, as determined by the court and in consultation with all counsel.


IN-PERSON HEARINGS:

JURY TRIALS, PRE TRIAL CONFERNECES & EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES (with prior court approval and coordination with the Judicial Assistant).            


REMOTE HEARINGS PROCEDURES:         

1)      For most remote hearings, the Court will predominantly utilize WebEx. You may access your scheduled hearing by calling the WebEx Number:  813-272-5801; the access Code is: 994-670-953#.   The WebEx number must be indicated in the Notice of Hearing. 

 

2)      The parties may alternatively, and by agreement, utilize the Zoom platform, with the Zoom link provided in the Notice of Hearing.  (Note: Zoom is not authorized for UMC dockets)

The Court’s Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/92333190791?pwd=MTJBNFR4M2NzVXdiWnB6WFRqdVZzdz09 and Zoom Meeting ID is 923 3319 0791. 


Attorneys do not need to obtain specific prior authorization from the court to have their hearings conducted by Zoom -- as long as opposing counsel and the parties agree and proper advance notice is filed with the court that the hearing will be conducted via Zoom.


Please continue to monitor this web page for updates.


Thank you for your cooperation.