If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to J. Hirsch's J.A., Eric Darpini, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the preferred contact method and will generally be the fastest way to get a response.
Counsel and parties are reminded that communication with the court as to any pending litigation matter should be in the form of a pleading (e.g., motion, petition, memorandum in opposition, etc.), the original of which is to be filed with the clerk of court and copies of which are to be provided to chambers and all counsel of record. The writing of a letter or email to the court as to a pending litigation matter is inconsistent with the Rules of Civil Procedure, see gen'ly Rules 1.080, 1.100, and is strongly discouraged.
This Section is now using CourtMAP and document submissions are no
longer available via eCourtesy.
When submitting proposed orders to courtMAP for review, you need only attach the petition, corresponding checklist (if applicable), and cover letter (if applicable) to your order as supporting documents. No other documents should be submitted with proposed orders for review.
The courtMAP webpage is located at:
Below is the link to all the training videos
I. Questions Regarding Existing Cases, Courtroom Procedures, Etc.
If you have any questions, please reach out to J. Hirsch's J.A., Eric Darpini, at email@example.com. This is the preferred contact method and will generally be the fastest way to get a response.
II. Scheduling a Hearing
1. Confirm that the pleading as to which you seek a hearing has been received by the Clerk of Courts and appears on the Clerk’s docket.
2. Upload any relevant documents - proposed orders, petitions, etc. - to CourtMAP. For an evidentiary hearing, please email Mr. Darpini, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a request for a hearing. Indicate approximately how much time you believe will be needed for the hearing, and if there are certain dates on which you are unavailable. Note that hearings on non-evidentiary matters – matters as to which it will not be necessary to call witnesses or adduce evidence – are disfavored; such matters should ordinarily be resolved on the pleadings without a hearing.
3. If the court determines a hearing is necessary, Mr. Darpini will reply to your email with a date and time for the hearing. Once received by you, the notice of hearing must then be filed and docketed. Failure to file and docket such a notice promptly may result in cancellation of the hearing.
*ALL HEARINGS ARE EVIDENTIARY UNLESS EXPRESSLY IDENTIFIED OTHERWISE BY JUDGE HIRSCH
III. Scheduling a Trial
An order setting trial will read simply, “Trial is set for X date at Y time.” Judge Hirsch’s trial orders do not set schedules or cut-off dates for discovery, motion practice, or exchange of exhibit or witness lists. In matters governed by the Florida Trust Code or matters previously declared adversarial or which are Specific Adversarial Proceedings pursuant to Fla. Prob. R. 5.025, discovery and motion practice should be conducted according to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. In matters which have not been declared adversarial or which are not Specific Adversarial Proceedings pursuant to Fla. Prob. R. 5.025, discovery and motion practice should be conducted according to the Florida Probate Rules.
If a problem arises in connection with discovery or motion practice, it is the responsibility of the attorney or attorneys seeking relief to bring the matter to the attention of the court by means of an appropriate motion (with a courtesy copy to chambers). If the court receives no such motions in the run-up to trial, the court will assume that discovery and other pretrial matters are proceeding smoothly and that trial will go forward as scheduled. A continuance requested on the day of trial, if attributable to a discovery or motions issue not previously brought to the court’s attention, will be denied.
Requests for mediation are treated in the same fashion.