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 staff are working and available. We are able to address most matters remotely via phone conferences and/or COURTMAP and ZOOM.
ALL ATTORNEYS AND SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS
MUST SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT AT
FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING PORTAL at
for filing pleadings or motions with the clerk
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 for use.
Zoom training page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
Zoom Live Training page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360029527911
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:
7 Business Days
Files at Hearing:
REMOTE 5 MINUTE MOTION CALENDAR:
Motion Calendar will be held for NON-EVIDENTIARY matters every Thursday at 1:30 PM.
This calendar will be heard via phone conference AND/OR ZOOM.
Instructions for setting:
1. On the E-FILING PORTAL, file the Motion with any exhibits. Include 11thFC16@jud11.flcourts.org in all filings.
2. On the E-FILING PORTAL, E-SERVE the opposing side with your filing.
3. 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.
4. 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.