The Courthouse is now open. Other than for the three reasons discussed below , all evidentiary hearings will be held live, in person, in the courthouse , Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5 PM.
1. Any hearing already scheduled and noticed as a zoom hearing , remains a zoom hearing and will be conducted via zoom.
2. Any non -evidentiary hearing , which can be resolved in less than 30 minutes , such as Status Conferences, Motion for Continuance and the like , can be held via zoom.
3.If all parties agree to convert an in person hearing into a zoom hearing, a written request must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must contain the request, the agreement, and why the hearing should be held via zoom. It is ultimately up to the Magistrate as to whether the hearing will be converted from an in-person hearing to a zoom hearing. You are to presume that the hearing will be held in-person unless you hear otherwise from the Magistrate .
The Court does not provide interpreters . It is the
responsibility for the attorney or party to provide a certified interpreter.
If you would like a hearing on issues, which have been properly filed AND referred to the Magistrate ( without timely objection), you can schedule the hearing using the CourtMap program or by contacting the administrative assistant Martha at 305-349-5667 or email at email@example.com. Be sure to provide your name , case number and email address of both parties .
DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE AND WITNESS LIST : All evidence , documentary or otherwise must be exchanged at least seven days before an evidentiary hearing. As well, at least seven days prior to any evidentiary hearing, all parties or their counsel SHALL communicate electronically and attempt to agree to the authenticity and/or admissibility of any evidence. In addition, at least seven days prior to any evidentiary hearing, all parties must serve on opposing party or counsel and as well E-file , a Proposed Exhibit list as well as a Witness List which should include the subject matter for which each witness will testify .
The proposed Exhibit list must contain a description of each exhibit a party wished to place into evidence . Each Exhibit listed on the Proposed Exhibit List must be marked for identification as "Petitioner's 1,2,3, etc or Respondent's A,B,C, etc. The parties or Counsel must indicate on the Proposed Exhibit List whether the parties agree that the document may be admitted into evidence . All evidence that the parties AGREE to be
submitted without legal objection, shall be marked and correspond with the identification markings on the Proposed Exhibit
list. The evidence, with an accurately labeled Notice of Filing and Exhibit list shall be E-filed and provided to
the GM via email to 11THFCGM09@JUD11.FLCOURTS.ORG at least 2 business days before the hearing . If available, Drop box is preferable.
Any evidence of a sensitive nature, such as medical or mental health records should not be E- filed without approval of the GM.
Any evidence for which there is a legal
objection, the objecting party must E-file their Objections and provided to the GM via email, specifically identifying the evidence which they are objecting to and the legal basis for their objections. A hearing will be held on those Objections , prior to the commencement of the hearing. Evidence in which is sought to be admitted wherein the above procedure was not followed , may not be admitted , at the discretion of the GM.
ONCE A MATTER IS SET FOR AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING, (UNLESS THERE IS A WRITTEN SETTLEMENT OR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF ALL ISSUES REFERRED TO THE GM) , IT CANNOT BE CANCELED , CONTINUED, OR TAKEN OFF THE CALENDAR, WITHOUT APPROVAL OF THE GM. THE FILING OF A NOTICE OF CANCELLATION IS INSUFFICIENT.
PROPOSED REPORTS: Within 15 days after the Magistrate announces his ruling, a Proposed Report incorporating his findings and ruling, should be sent to the Magistrate via Court Map. You shall include a cover letter which states whether the opposing attorney or litigant agrees with the verbiage of the Proposed Report or that they will be sending their own Proposed Report, via Court map.