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STAY HEALTHY & STAY TUNED

Message From Chief Judge Jessica Recksiedler:

Our courts are open to administer justice; to preserve public safety, and resolving public health issues on an expedited basis. For these reasons, we continue to handle all essential and emergency matters. By postponing nonessential court proceedings, we have significantly reduced public traffic to our courthouses. We have also employed video and teleconferencing whenever possible, in order to conduct our essential business in ways that limit personal contact.

I am proud to report that we have judges and staff who continue to report to work to make sure that essential justice services are being provided. It has been heartening for me to see how our judges and stakeholders in the legal community are working together to fulfill our constitutional duties while doing our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Clearly, the consequences of a pandemic of this magnitude will be felt in our future court dockets. But knowing our judges and staff as I do, I have no doubt we will be ready to meet the challenge.

Please note, due to the nature of the pandemic, our planning and response efforts may evolve from week to week, and day to day, based on the directives from the Florida Supreme Court and public health authorities. We ask everyone to check our website and social media accounts for daily news and updates. Stay informed and stay well!

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EXECUTIVE ORDERS FROM THE GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA

(NOTE: The latest orders are always at the top of the list)

Active Orders

September 1, 2020: Emergency Management – Covid-19 – Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief.
Governor’s Executive Order 20-211opens PDF file

June 3, 2020: Emergency Management – Covid-19 – Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Amended.
Governor’s Executive Order 20-139opens PDF file

April 2, 2020: Emergency Management – Covid-19 – Reemployment Assistance Program
Governor’s Executive Order 20-93opens PDF file

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS FROM THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

(NOTE: The latest orders are always at the top of the list)

Active Orders

November 4, 2021: Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols and Emergency Operational Measures for Florida Appellate and Trial Courts
opens PDF file
Administrative Order 21-17 2nd Amendedopens PDF file

April 1, 2020: Florida Supreme Court COVID-19 Emergency Procedures Re: Personal Travel by SCS Judges, Officers, and Court Employees
Administrative Order AOSC20-14 – Amendment 2

December 17, 2020: COVID-19 Emergency Procedures in Relation to Spoken Language Court Interpreter Regulations.
AOSC20-20, Amendment 1opens PDF file

December 17, 2020: Alternative Dispute Resolution Educational and Certification Requirements.
AOSC20-24, Amendment 1opens PDF file

November 23, 2020: COVID-19 Workgroup, Court Operations Sub-Group, Requirements, Benchmarks, and Guidelines Governing Operational Phase Transitions.
Transition through phases with Covid-19 Supreme Court Administrative Ordersopens PDF file

September 30, 2020: Procurement provision has been extended through the end of the calendar year. Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures for the Florida State Courts, COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions.
Administrative Order AOSC20-12 – Amendment 1opens PDF file

June 16, 2020: Memorandum from Chief Justice Canady – Regarding Workgroup on Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practice Materials.
Memorandum from Chief Justice Canadyopens PDF file

June 15, 2020: Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19.
Administrative Order AOSC20-51.pdf

June 8, 2020: Memorandum from Chief Justice Canady regarding Phase 2 – Resumption of In-Person Proceedings.
Memorandum from Chief Justice Canady regarding Phase 2opens PDF file

June 8, 2020: Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures for the Florida State Courts, Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Program, Amendment 1.
Administrative Order AOSC20-31 Amendment 1opens PDF file ends October 2, 2020.

May 21, 2020: Memorandum from Chief Justice Canady regarding COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions for Phase 2.
Chief Justice Canady Memorandum opens PDF file

May 21, 2020: Memorandum from Chief Justice Canady regarding Proceeding Priority When Limited In-Person Contact is Authorized in Phase 2.
Chief Justice Canady Memorandum opens PDF file

May 14, 2020: Florida Supreme Court COVID-19 Emergency Procedures – Travel Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Office of the State Courts Administrator Memorandum 2020-05-14opens PDF file

April 29, 2020: Suspension of Restrictions on Distance Learning and Conference-Sponsored Continuing Judicial Education
Administrative Order AOSC20-29opens PDF file

March 31, 2020: Florida Supreme Court Procedures for Extension of CJE Reporting Deadlines.
Administrative Order AOSC20-21opens PDF file – reporting cycles of justices and judges whose three-year reporting cycle terminates on or before December 31, 2020, are hereby extended to December 31, 2021.

March 26, 2020: Assigning the Judges Listed to All Other Circuits and Counties.
Assignment order 2020-92opens PDF file

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS FOR EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURTS

(NOTE: The latest orders are always at the top of the list)

Active Orders

October 19, 2021: Administrative Rules – 18th Circuit Covid-19 Procedures – 21-11 6th Amended – Supersedes all previous 20-11 orders: In Re – Continuation of Operations Based Upon Covid-19 Concerns
Administrative 21- 11 6th Amended. ADMINISTRATIVE RULES – COVID-19 PROCEDURESopens PDF file

August 9, 2021: Administrative Rules – 18th Circuit Covid-19 Procedures
Administrative 21- 24 2nd Amended. IN RE: CIVIL – CASE MANAGEMENT – COVID-19 PROCEDURESopens PDF file

August 3, 2020: Administrative Rules – Covid-19 Procedures – 20-15 5th Amended – Supersedes all previous 20-15 orders: In Re – Continuation of Operations Based Upon Covid-19 Concerns
Administrative Order 20-15 – 5th Amendmentopens PDF file

July 20, 2020: Administrative Rules – Covid-19 Procedures – 20-16 3rd Amended Supersedes 20-16 2nd Amended: In Re – Juvenile – Covid-19 Emergency Procedures Juvenile Dependency Visitation Practices
Administrative Order 20-16 – 3rd Amendmentopens PDF file

April 8, 2020: Covid-19 Procedures for speedy trial in non-criminal traffic infraction proceedings.
Administrative Order 20-17 Amendedopens PDF file

June 16, 2020: Domestic Relations – Covid-19 Visitation & Timesharing Guidelines.
Administrative Order AO-20-18 Amendedopens PDF file

BREVARD FAMILY DIVISION

(NOTE: The latest orders are always at the top of the list)

Active Orders

June 4, 2020: Amended Court Procedures: Brevard County Phase 2opens PDF file

June 4, 2020: Stipulated Notice for Remote Hearing During Covid-19 Procedures.opens WORD file (NOTE: Form is fillable in Microsoft Word Format)

March 24, 2020: Family Division Procedures for Remote Hearings During Covid-19 Procedures.opens PDF file

SEMINOLE COURTS PROCEDURES

(NOTE: The latest orders are always at the top of the list)

Active Orders

Based upon the current situation with COVID-19, pursuant to the Florida Supreme Court’s Administrative Order SCO20-23 Amended, and the Amended Administrative Order 20-15-3rd Amended, the following designates how all Seminole County courts will proceed until August 15, 2020, or until further order.
SEMINOLE COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT