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COVID-19 Advisory #130: Mask Requirement at Miami-Dade Courthouses Rescinded Effective Immediately

COVID-19 Advisory #130: Mask Requirement at Miami-Dade Courthouses Rescinded Effective Immediately

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COVID-19 Advisory #36: Miami-Dade Courts will Transition to Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Operations on Wed., Sept. 23rd

 

The Miami-Dade Courts continue to work to provide the public with access to justice while keeping the community and our judges and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The courts will transition to Phase 2 COVID-19 emergency operations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. A description of Phase 2 operations is listed below.

During Phase 2, the courts will 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 will resume 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.

 

Phase 2 operations include limited in-person contact as described below:


VIRTUAL COURT

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.

 

TRIALS

In-person jury trials will 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.

 

The following COVID-19 safety procedures will be enforced at all Miami-Dade court locations:

COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES

  • 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.
  • If an individual declines to wear a mask, they will not be allowed into the courthouse and the presiding judge will be notified.

FUTURE UPDATES

Please continue to visit our website www.jud11.flcourts.org and social media @miamidadecourts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for future updates.

 

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The mission of Florida’s judicial branch is to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

 

Visit us on the Web: www.jud11.flcourts.org

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @miamidadecourts

 

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Aliean Simpkins, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s ADA Coordinator at Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, 175 NW 1st Avenue, Suite 2400, Miami, Florida 33128; Telephone (305) 349-7175; TDD (305) 349-7174; Email ADA@jud11.flourts.org; or via Fax at (305) 349-7355, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

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