COVID-19 procedures for the Courts of the 14th Circuit

The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit continues to monitor and proactively address the effects on court operations of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As such, the following temporary procedures have been established to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the courts and court participants.

As set forth in AOSC20-13 by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended from March 16 – March 27, 2020.

In addition, as set forth in AO 2020-00-04 by Chief Judge Patterson of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, the following will take place until further order:

  • All in-custody Criminal proceedings shall be conducted electronically. All transport orders to and from the courthouses of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit shall be rescinded. All in-person mass dockets (Criminal, Dependency, Family CMC’s, Juvenile Delinquency, Child Support) are suspended.
  • All Civil and Probate proceedings shall be telephonic only unless otherwise ordered.
  • All Mediations are suspended except for Circuit Civil and Family mediations, which may proceed by video or by telephone on a case by case basis.
  • Child Support 48-hour hearings will continue to be heard telephonically or by video.
  • Juvenile Detention hearings will continue to be heard electronically (by video or telephonically) or in person on a case by case basis.
  • Dependency Shelter hearings will continue to be heard by video or telephonically.
  • Domestic Violence proceedings shall be continued by the presiding judge as circumstances warrant.
  • All problem-solving courts (Drug Court, Therapeutic Justice Court, Veterans’ Treatment Court, and Early Childhood Court) are suspended.
  • Bay County Teen Court hearings and activities are suspended.
  • Baker/Marchman proceedings will be conducted telephonically or by video if available.
  • Risk Protection Orders will continue to be heard in person as directed by Florida Statutes.
  • Bay County PreTrial Release programs will implement enrollment and check-ins by telephone. The Bay County Work Program will suspend work hours.
  • Calhoun, Washington, Jackson County Probation Offices shall implement a telephonic check-in process with work hours suspended.

Court participants may reference the court’s website at www.jud14.flcourts.org or call Court Administration at (850) 747-5370.

AOSC20 13 In Re COVID 19 Emergency Procedures In The Florida State Courts

Admin Order #2020 00 04 COVID 19 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.docx