If you need to reach Chambers, email is the most efficient method. Inquiries may be directed to the Judicial Assistant at 11thFC17@jud11.flcourts.org.
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 matters.
However, our divisions remain open. The Judge
and his/her staff are working and available. We
are addressing matters remotely via phone conferences and/or COURTMAP
It is important that
ALL ATTORNEYS AND SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS MUST SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT
AT FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING PORTAL AT https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/for filing pleadings or motions with the clerk, AND
Sign up for COURTMAP at https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/
for submitting emergency motions and proposed
orders to your assigned Judge
The Judges will be using the ZOOM platform
for 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 for use.
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 this pandemic.
Please refer to the drop-down boxes to the right
of the screen for clear instructions on how to proceed for
specific types of calendars.
Notice Before Hearing:
5 Business Days
Files at Hearing:
Judge Fernandez-Karavetsos handles all Uncontested
Dissolution of Marriage, Uncontested Paternity, Uncontested Temporary Custody,
and Change of Name hearings administratively. This means you ARE NOT required
to be present when the dissolution is entered.
Once your case is resolved, on
COURTMAP, Click on Special Sets- Uncontested Calendar for the Division/Judge to add your
case on the UCD/RUCD calendar.
NOTE: You will not receive a
Zoom link for this calendar as all UCD orders are Administrative and processed
without a hearing.
Once your case is resolved, on
COURTMAP, Click on Uncontested Calendar for the Division/Judge and follow the steps below.
Please be sure to attach
the following supporting documents with an e-file stamp:
1. Petition or Counter Petition
2. Answer or Answer/Waiver
3. Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Parenting Plan.
4. If the Petition has been defaulted please attach the Order of Default.
5. A copy of the Petitioner's and/or Counter Petitioner’s Valid Driver's
License, Florida State ID or Voter’s Registration card.
6. Affidavit that MSA and/or PP in best interest of child, signed by both
7. Financial Affidavits
8. UCCJEA Affidavit
9. Special Affidavit for Remote
requests for Uncontested hearings without these supporting documents with an
e-file stamp WILL BE REJECTED.
request for UCD will be reviewed.
Attorneys: Please send a proposed Final Judgment to the Judge via COURTMAP, including a
cover letter advising the Judge that this is a proposed Final Judgement that
has been approved for remote UCD. You must submit a Proposed Final Judgement through CourtMAP under PROPOSED ORDERS. Please ensure any supporting documents including the driver's license is attached to the proposed final judgement as a supporting document.
You will not have to appear in court. The Judge will prepare a final
judgment and you will receive a copy via CourtMAP.