The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court is looking forward to the phased reopening of our courthouses to the public.
As the governor’s Safer-At-Home order expires, many counties and cities will begin opening their doors to the public in the coming weeks. However, we want to make sure the public understands that Florida courts are bound by the orders of Florida’s Supreme Court, and at this time, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady’s order requires that the only court proceedings that are held in person through Friday, May 29th, are those deemed “mission critical” or “essential” by him or the chief judge. All other court proceedings have been either rescheduled to a later date or are being held remotely, so even though access to physical court buildings will remain limited for the safety of the public and court employees, access to justice is not limited.
Some judges have been utilizing technology to work remotely, and some judges are working in the courthouses each day and are following social-distancing requirements; but our message to you is that judges in all divisions are diligently holding hearings and reviewing paperwork submitted to them in an effort to ease the caseload when the courts resume normal operations.
We all look forward to when the citizens of our communities may soon freely access their courthouses.