On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, the Miami-Dade Courts entered Phase II of COVID-19 emergency operations.
The Miami-Dade Courts Phase II Operational Plan is available for download below, under "Documents to Download."
The current Florida Supreme Court Administrative Orders governing COVID-19 operations for Florida's courts are as follows:
During Phase 2, the Miami-Dade Courts remain closed to in-person proceedings, with exceptions, in order to reduce person-to-person contact and potential transmission of coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Court proceedings that can take place remotely via telephone or video technology will continue to take place.
Jury trials are temporarily suspended through February 28 2021, but are expected to resume on March 1st in limited number, following strict adherence to health and safety protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health authorities. A video explaining the steps the Miami-Dade Courts are taking to keep all trial participants safe may be found here.
The Miami-Dade Courts Phase 2 operations include limited in-person contact as described below:
To the extent possible, all court proceedings will continue to take place in “Virtual Courtrooms,” where participants appear remotely via telephone or video technology.
Those with questions about how to access a future virtual court hearing should contact the office of the presiding judge. A judicial directory may be found here.
In-person jury trials are temporarily suspended through February 28, 2021.
From March 1, 2021 forward, jury trials may resume following strict safety protocols established by the CDC and other health experts with whom the Miami-Dade Courts consult regularly.
Due to the space limitations of our courthouses and the social distancing and other safety protocols required during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be fewer jury trials conducted than in the past. In order to ensure social distancing and keep the number of people inside our courthouses to a minimum, only the trial participants will be permitted to enter the courthouses.
Jurors should present their jury summonses, and other trial participants should present their trial documentation to the security staff.
COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES
The following COVID-19 safety procedures will be enforced at all Miami-Dade court locations:
- SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED
- Persons must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from each other while waiting to enter the courthouse and during their stay in the courthouse. Markers on the floor throughout the courthouse will assist visitors with maintaining 6 feet of social distancing.
- HEALTH SCREENING REQUIRED, INCLUDING TEMPERATURE CHECK
- Court security staff will conduct a health screening, including questions about symptoms and a required temperature check, to ensure that no one enters the courthouse when there is a likelihood that they have COVID-19. Persons who have a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater or who answer “yes” to two or more of the symptom questions shall not be allowed to enter the courthouse, and the presiding judge will be notified.
- If an individual declines the health screening, they will not be allowed into the courthouse and the presiding judge will be notified.
- FACE MASKS REQUIRED
- Face masks shall be worn at all times, including during court proceedings, while on court premises. If someone does not have a face mask, courthouse security staff will provide one.
- When wearing a face shield, a face mask must be worn underneath.
- If an individual declines to wear a mask, they will not be allowed into the courthouse and the presiding judge will be notified.
Please continue to visit our website www.jud11.flcourts.org and social media @miamidadecourts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for future updates.