Please be aware that due to growing concerns about the safety of
our community and the spread of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, the
Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse is closed to the public, except on mission critical
However, our divisions remain open. The Judge and his/her staff
are working and available. We are able to address most matters
remotely via phone conferences and/or COURTMAP and ZOOM.
It is important that
ALL ATTORNEYS AND SELF
MUST SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT
FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING
for filing pleadings or motions with the clerk. Please be aware that in order to activate your portal account a pleading must be filed at the time of registration. Therefore, it is recommended that any Self Represented litigant signing up for the first time file a "Notice of Designation of Email" which can be found using this link https://www.flcourts.org/content/download/403113/3457012/915.pdf
Sign up for COURTMAP at -
for submitting proposed orders to your assigned Judge
The judges will be using the ZOOM platform for most hearings. It is FREE. If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom platform,
please go to the ZOOM training page website to learn how to access the platform
Zoom training page:
Zoom Live Training page:
We ask you to assist us by learning how to utilize ZOOM and your
patience with us as we learn along with you. We are committed to the continued delivery of justice in the face of
Please refer to the drop-down boxes to the right of the screen for
clear instructions on how to proceed for specific types of
LINK FOR EVIDENCE PROCEDURES IN FAMILY:
SETTLEMENT FOR FINAL HEARINGS/NON-JURY TRIALS
Parties that have reached an agreement must immediately file an MSA and/or PP(If applicable) signed by both parties and notarized
Submit a Proposed FJ through CourtMap
Contact chambers to advise of the settlement and submission to CourtMap
Please note: Unless these steps are taken, ALL PARTIES ARE EXPECTED TO APPEAR IN COURT AND BE READY FOR TRIAL.
Notice Before Hearing:
7 Business Days
Files at Hearing:
REMOTE 5 MINUTE MOTION CALENDAR (Only 1 motion is permitted per case)
Motion Calendar will be held for NON-EVIDENTIARY
matters every Thursday@9:30 AM
This calendar will be heard via phone
conference AND/OR ZOOM.
Instructions for setting:
On the E-FILING PORTAL, file the Motion with any exhibits. Include 11thFC01@jud11.flcourts.org in all filings.
On the E-FILING PORTAL, E-SERVE the opposing side with your filing.
On COURTMAP, coordinate with opposing party and select the date to have the motion heard.Once a date is agreed upon you may set the hearing using in the Motion Calendar slot. As supporting documents, attach the motion and any responses with an e-file stamp. You may unilaterally set on calendar If unable to agree upon a date with opposing side.
On COURTMAP also include as supporting documents a Notice of Hearing.The notice of hearing must be filed with the Clerk at least 7 business days prior to the hearing, not including the day of the hearing. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL NOTICES NOT FILED IN A TIMELY MANNER WILL BE REJECTED.
The Judge will rule on 5-minute motions without
the need for a hearing when possible. Unless you receive an order ruling on the motion, you must be available
on the selected date and time for one hour as the Judge will be calling motions
one at a time.
Please be aware that certain items are prohibited on courthouse premises. If any listed prohibited item is detected to be in your possession when entering a court facility, you will be asked to exit the facility to secure the item elsewhere or dispose of it, before being allowed entry into the facility.