12th Circuit Court is Monitoring COVID-19

Courts remain open.
We urge you to follow the same precautions
recommended by the CDC to avoid the spread of the virus.

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While essential hearings are being held in the judicial centers, the courts are holding other hearings remotely using video conferencing and/or teleconferencing software.
Please check the specific division or the Zoom page for more information.

Public Access to Court Hearings

View public hearings online via Zoom Video Conferencing software

April 6, 2020

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On April 6, 2020, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady entered Administrative Order AOSC20-23 suspending all jury trials through May 29, 2020. Based on the new order, the Twelfth Judicial Circuit will suspend all non-essential or non-critical programs and services through May 29, 2020. Please visit our COVID-19 news page for previous posts, including a complete list of cases that are being heard during emergency operations.

Address Changes, Future Court Dates

We are asking that if anyone needs to update an address or has a question about their next court date to please email the Self Help Center or call (941) 861-8191.

If you are an attorney, a defendant, or a citizen with an interest in a criminal court case, you can register for eNotify, a service that provides users with courtesy text and email reminders about upcoming court events. For more information, visit NOTE: This service is available only for criminal cases.

Note: Judge Charles E. Williams has posted updated procedures to the Sarasota Probate Division

Changes to Programs/Services
Specialty Court/Treatment Courts:  Contact the dropline for updated information, Manatee (941) 749-3666, Sarasota (941) 861-8189. Desoto contact staff daily. CTC contact Director Brittany Elkins (941) 376-6821
Mediations:  Canceled
Deposition room reservations: Canceled
School visits: Suspended until further notice
Pet Therapy Program:  Suspended until further notice
Grand Jury proceedings:  Suspended through May 29, 2020
Jury selection proceedings: Suspended through May 29, 2020
Criminal and Civil jury trials:  Suspended through May 29, 2020
Self Help Center: Closed; Update mailing address or ask about future court dates by email or phone (941) 861-8191

Please continue to visit our website and social media @12circuitFL on Twitter and Instagram for further updates.

Procedure updated 4-6-2020 Read all coronavirus posts on our COVID-19 News page