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Procedures/Preferences

COVID-19

Due to current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and pursuant to Thirteenth Circuit Administrative Order S-2020-19, directives from the Florida Supreme Court contained in AOSC20-23, and the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency and a stay-at-home order, the Court hereby sets forth the following procedures for appearance for ALL hearings scheduled in County Civil, Division M, until further order of the Court.

You shall appear for your hearing by phone or video conference by using the Zoom audio/video service.  You may download the app for free on your phone to participate by video.  Otherwise you may call in at the number below.  At the scheduled time of your hearing, you may access the hearing by calling:

+1 253 215 8782 US.  Please enter the following Meeting ID: 976 8132 4911.  Please plan to WAIT PATIENTLY until your hearing is called.  All attorneys are required to utilize the Zoom Video conference option.  Please input your full name for the video conference.

 

You may appear via video by using the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/97681324911

This may require downloading the Zoom app which is a free service. 

 

The phone dial-in and Meeting ID may be utilized from any landline, cellular or internet phone. 

 

You are REQUIRED to appear by phone or video. 

 

Please contact the office, (813) 272-5353 if you have any additional questions.  We are also providing a PDF link on  Professionalism in the Virtual World for you to view.


 

DIVISION M PROCEDURES

UMC Hearings
All matters requiring 5 minutes or less

Methods of
Conducting
Telephonic
Hearings

15 & 30 Minute Hearing, and 1 Hour Hearings Hearing exceeding 1 Hour Including Non-Jury & Jury Trials Cancelling Hearings within 24 Hours of Hearing Cancelling Hearings prior to 24 Hours of Hearing

All matters requiring 5 minutes or less of hearing time must be scheduled through JAWS. (UMC calendar).

Telephonic appearance is permitted for out-of-town counsel for hearings less than 15 minutes.

However, if the matter is an evidentiary hearing requiring testimony and/or the introduction of evidence you must first seek court approval.

Please efile a motion and upload an order to the JAWS work queue for consideration.

For telephonic hearings call the courtroom at 813-272-5352.

  

**See Below

Attorneys:
All matters requiring 15 - 60 minutes or less of hearing time must be scheduled through JAWS (UMC calendar).

 

 

Pro-Se Litigants:
E-mail JA with opposing counsel copied or call JA if email is not available.

 

 

Hearing dates/times are available in the same manner as noted for UMC Hearings.

 

***See Below

Attorneys and
Self-Represented Litigants:

All hearings in excess of 1 hour must be approved by the court; Please e-mail your request to the JA with opposing counsel copied.

Please e-file the notice of cancellation with the clerk’s office, next remove the hearing from JAWS, and email the JA a copy of the notice of cancellation.


PLEASE NOTIFY THE COURT ASAP IF HEARING TIME IS NOT NEEDED SO THAT THE TIME MAY BE UTILIZED FOR ANOTHER CASE.

Scheduling party can cancel through JAWS.

 

If hearing was scheduled via
e-mail, notice of cancellation must be
e-mailed. 

 

*"PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION" AND "AUTOGLASS" VS. INSURANCE COMPANY CASES MUST BE SET ON A DAILY 15, 30 or LONGER TIME SLOT.

 

**TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE IS NOT PERMITTED FOR PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE OR DISMISSAL DOCKET.

 

***UNILATERAL SCHEDULING IS ONLY PERMITTED WITH A MINIMUM OF 90 DAYS NOTICE IF OPPOSING COUNSEL IS NON-RESPONSIVE.

 

Cancelling Trial and Pre-Trial Scheduling Emergency Motion Providing Judge with documents for Hearings 30 Minutes or less Providing Judge with documents for Hearings more than 30 Minutes How to upload Orders to JAWS for Electronic Signature

If case has settled, one of the parties must e-mail JA with the documentation.
 

 

 

 
First efile the Motion to the clerk of court, then email the JA. You must notify opposing counsel by providing them a copy of the Motion simultaneous. All request must contain the case number and the amount of time that is being requested. Documents 10 pages
or less may be e-mailed. Documents more than 10 pages must be received at least two weeks prior to hearing via
mail or hand delivery.
Deliver hard copy at least two weeks prior to hearing via mail or
hand delivery.

ALL orders must be submitted electronically via JAWS in PDF format. Click here if further assistance is needed.
 

Attorneys MUST mail conformed copies to any pro-se Litigant who is not on the email list.

 

ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES

  • Parties may stipulate to a motion. Efile the motion and upload an AGREED ORDER to the work queue through JAWS.
  • If both sides agree, uncomplicated and or discovery motions may be efiled with the clerk as well as a response and argument without hearing. Each side must upload a proposed order reflecting their position to the JAWS work queue.
  • Parties may agree to waive appearance at Pre-Trial Conference by efiling a stipulation and uploading an order approving same to the JAWS work queue. Please see form on this website for example.