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Ex Parte Hearing and Case Manager Review Procedures

Hearing Location

Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center

175 NW 1st Avenue, 11th Floor, Miami, Florida 33128

Please Note: The Tuesday/Thursday procedures differ from the Wednesday procedures. Please read carefully below.

Tuesday and Thursday Ex Parte Hearing Appointments

Ex Parte Hearing

Attorneys may schedule a maximum of three cases and a maximum of six uncontested petitions per case for an Ex Parte Hearing. Petitions set for Ex Parte Hearing should be able to be heard within five minutes. Section 03 (Judge Maria Korvick) will not hear petitions for formal or summary administration, approval of wrongful death settlements or appointment of guardian of a minor during an Ex Parte Hearing.

Requesting an Ex Parte Hearing Appointment

The Ex Parte Hearing Calendar is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Please Note: All requests for Ex Parte Hearing appointments are subject to case manager review and are not automatically calendared. Case managers notify the attorney of record via email as to whether or not the petition(s) has been calendared for hearing.

Requests for Ex Parte Hearing appointments are made electronically on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, eight days before the hearing date. For example, a request for a hearing on Tuesday, August 9th, is scheduled on Monday, August 1st.

Before submitting a request for an Ex Parte Hearing appointment, attorneys must:

  1. File the subject petition(s). When applicable, use the Court’s pre-approved petitions posted on the Probate Attorneys’ Corner here. In Section 01 (Judge Jerald Bagley), submit the proposed order(s) in Word format.
  2. Submit proposed order(s) through eCourtesy. When applicable, use the Court’s pre-approved proposed orders posted on the Probate Attorneys’ Corner here.
  3. In Section 01 (Judge Jerald Bagley), submit the subject petition through eCourtesy.

Case Manager Review of Requests for Ex Parte Hearing Appointments

Case managers review the case files associated with all requests for Ex Parte Hearing appointments to determine if the request will be calendared. Instead of in-person meetings with attorneys, case managers now email attorneys with their reviews and inform attorneys whether the Ex Parte Hearing will be calendared.

If the case file(s) contains the required information, then the case manager will calendar the petition(s) for Ex Parte Hearing. If the case file(s) is deficient or the petition(s) requires a Special Set Hearing, then the case manager will not calendar the petition(s) for Ex Parte Hearing.

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Wednesday Case Manager Review Appointments

Attorneys may schedule in-person case manager reviews on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Attorneys may schedule a maximum of three cases and a maximum of six uncontested petitions per case for a case manager review. Petition(s) reviewed on Wednesdays will not be calendared for an Ex Parte Hearing before the judge. However, case managers will submit orders for the judge’s signature at a later date if the case file(s) contains all required information.

On-line scheduling for the Wednesday appointments is available on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, one week before the review. For example, scheduling for Wednesday, August 10th, occurs on Tuesday, August 2nd, eight days in advance of the review.

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Petitions in Which No Case Manager Review Is Required

For these matters, attorneys may proceed directly to the judge’s chambers to sign-in for an Ex Parte Hearing without electronically requesting a hearing appointment.

  • Petition for extensions of time
  • Order on previously heard hearings
  • Petition to waive annual accounting pursuant to statute (social security only benefit)
  • Petition to pay real estate taxes or income taxes
  • Petition to pay accountant fees under $3,500.00
  • Petition to pay insurance
  • Petition for instructions that can be handled in less than five minutes
  • Petition to appear for hearing via telephone
  • Petition for pro bono fees
  • Petition to extend time to file independent action
  • Petition for pre-paid funeral
  • Petition for pre-paid college
  • Petition to retain appraiser
  • Petition to pay school tuition for a minor
  • Petition for order designating depository (If Letters of Administration and Order Appointing Personal Representative have been entered)
  • Petition to authorize travel for a ward
  • Petition to pay medical bills, dental bills or assisted living facility/nursing home bills
  • Petition to freeze non-joint assets (when filed as an emergency)
  • Petition to pay condominium maintenance fees
  • Petition to pay mortgage

Emergency Petitions

For emergency petitions, please contact the assigned judge's judicial assistant for emergency hearing instructions rather than scheduling the emergency petition for an Ex Parte Hearing.

Pro Se Litigants

Litigants or parties representing themselves in court without the assistance of an attorney are known as pro se litigants. “Pro se” is Latin for “in one's own behalf.”

If you are a Pro Se litigant, you do not have the attorney bar number required to utilize this online scheduling system. Therefore, contact the judicial assistant of the division in which your case is assigned who will assist in scheduling you for the next available appointment.

Exceptions

To request Ex Parte Hearings and case manager reviews without using the on-line scheduling system due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the judge’s judicial assistant.