Nikki Sanders, JA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jose Benitez, Bailiff (email@example.com)
REQUIRED CHECKLIST CERTIFICATION FORMS
of September 1, 2020, filings of petitions with proposed orders in courtMap
must include established checklist certification forms as supporting documents
with your submissions. A list of existing checklists can be found
on our circuit website in the Probate Corner, along with the corresponding
Administrative Memorandum. See https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Probate-Checklists.
This procedure has been enacted to prevent frequently defective submissions and
the resulting repeated rejections which cause unnecessary labor by the court.
The checklist certification forms must be filed through the e-filing portal and
also uploaded as a supporting document to the petition through CourtMap.
Failure to include the checklist certification form will result in summary
rejection of your submission.
Please be aware that the checklist contains a certification of compliance which
must be signed by the lawyer. If you cannot certify compliance with the
requirements listed on the checklist, set the matter for a special set hearing.
Call chambers if you have any questions related to this matter. Read the
certification carefully. You will be held accountable under the law if
the court finds that your certification was inaccurate.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HEARINGS
Please note: Division 05 does not have a Motion Calendar, all hearings
are set in the Special Set folder. Please follow the rubric below to
determine which calendar type in-person or Virtual/Zoom is appropriate.
5 – 10 minute motions shall be conducted by
Zoom (only the judge can change the format).
All non-evidentiary hearing less than 30 minutes will
be conducted by Zoom, unless all parties wish to have the hearing held
in-person AND the Judge agrees.
All evidentiary hearings and Bench Trials will
be conducted in-person, unless all parties wish to have the hearing held on
Zoom AND the Judge agrees.
All Jury Trials will be conducted in-person.
When parties agree to change hearing type:
Parties shall e-file a Notice of Agreement to the docket
Submit a proposed order changing presumption to the Judges Agreed Order folder
on courtMAP, with the Notice of Agreement uploaded as a supporting document.
Court will enter order either granting or denying change of hearing type.
Please download the Zoom application, which you may use for free, at https://zoom.us/.
Once your request for a hearing via Zoom is received and approved, you will
receive an Outlook invitation for your scheduled hearing. Please do not
call the Judicial Assistant. This information will be sent to you
automatically. If you do not receive an invitation for the hearing via
Outlook within 24 hours prior to your hearing start time, do contact chambers.
Store the link provided in the invitation on your computer calendar and log in
at the appointed time. You must also share the link with your clients,
opposing counsel, or any interested parties who do not appear on the service
You may appear telephonically or via video on Zoom.
If you are aware that an interested party, or someone who is required to appear
does not have access to necessary technologies, please cancel the hearing so
necessary arrangements can be made for that interested party.
You are expected and required to observe proper decorum and procedure as in any
other court appearance.
Evidentiary Hearings via Zoom:
All parties must follow the Administrative Memorandum, dated June 28, 2021, for
INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE IN REMOTE VIRTUAL EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS.
Do not e-file unsigned proposed orders.
Most proposed orders with required
supporting documents should be submitted under this tab. The case
manager will review your submission for accuracy and legal sufficiency, and
either reject your submission if it fails review or forward it to the judge
If the matter has been heard by the
court, include the words “Post Hearing” in the title of your proposed
order. That signals to the case manager that the court has considered
and ruled upon any issues during the hearing.
Generally, agreed orders are those
resulting from adverse parties coming to a concurrence about a particular
issue. “Agreed” does not mean that all parties on one side of an issue
have concurred. An example would be when all beneficiaries agree to a
particular matter. Even when that occurs, your proposed order must be
submitted under the proposed order tab for case manager review. Only
submit agreed orders meeting this definition under the Agreed Order tab.
Your petitions and supporting documents must be filed and appear
on the docket prior to submitting any proposed orders. You must either set
the matter for hearing if need be, or submit your petitions, supporting
documents and proposed orders via courtMap.
Procedures for Service
of Motions to Disqualify on the Judiciary-Administrative Memorandum