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The Honorable Paul L. Huey

COVID-19 HEARING PROCEDURES 

Because of the restrictions occasioned by COVID-19, and consistent with the 13th Circuit guidelines as posted on https://www.fljud13.org, and numerous administrative orders of the Florida Supreme Court, most recently AOSC20-23, as amended, issued May 4, 2020, there will be no in-person hearings in Circuit Civil Division I through and including at least July 2, 2020.  It is appropriate that all hearings take place by ZOOM Conference or WEBEX conference call. With the exception of UMC hearings, THE COURT'S PREFERENCE IS ZOOM CONFERENCE CALL. UMC hearings will be held via WEBEX (813-272-5801; access code 992 344 026). 

The Court’s ZOOM link is https://zoom.us/j/7196320493 and ZOOM Meeting ID number is 719-632-0493If joining the hearing via telephone, call 1-786-635-1003 or 1-470-381-2552 and then use the same meeting ID number referenced above.  No additional password is required for attendance.  Rather, you will be placed in the ZOOM “waiting room” until the Judge “joins” you into the meeting when the hearing commences.  The ZOOM App is available for free for IOS and Android devices, and it may also be accessed via desktop computer.  This is a free service.  The ZOOM Help Center is at https://support.zoom.us.  Counsel/parties do not need to be together to use ZOOM and all parties and counsel should plan to appear separately.  Please enter the case number of the case for which you are appearing, along with your name, so the Court is able to identify participants in each scheduled case.

 

EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS

Testimonial evidence may be introduced by ZOOM conference.  Please make sure any testifying witness has a photo ID available to present over the videoconference.  Memos must be e-filed and then uploaded to JAWS.  They may not be mailed, delivered or emailed to the J.A.  Please do not submit briefing notebooks.  Due to present work-place constraints, mailed and hand-delivered submissions will not be reviewed.  Memos may not exceed 10 pages.  Photographs, charts and diagrams do not count against page limit.

NON-EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS

IN LIEU OF A HEARING, counsel/parties may agree to allow the Judge to decide the matter on the papers.  If you choose this option, then 1) e-file your motions and memos and upload them to JAWS and 2) advise the judicial assistant via email of the title(s) of the specific motions you want the Judge to resolve.  DO NOT mail, deliver or email the motions and memos to the judicial assistant.  Please do not submit briefing notebooks.  Due to present work-place constraints, mailed and hand-delivered submissions will not be reviewed.  Memos may not exceed 10 pages.  Photographs, charts and diagrams do not count against page limit.

Judge Huey will be happy to conduct audio/visual hearings in non-evidentiary matters, and you may access your already scheduled hearing via ZOOM as indicated on Judge Huey’s web page.  If you will be using WEBEX rather than the ZOOM link indicated above, please contact the judicial assistant in advance of the hearing to advise that you will be using WEBEX rather than ZOOM.   The WEBEX call in # is 813-272-5801; the access code is 992-344-026.  The above-referenced memorandum rules also apply to memorandum for matters that will be heard.

If you do not wish to utilize either of these alternatives, you may continue the hearing to a time when the Court resumes in-person hearings.  Although the certain date for this is unknown, you may schedule when the Florida Supreme Court allows hearings to take place.

We apologize for these inconveniences.  Our primary concern is to maintain safe social distancing and do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.