Requirements and Information
Motion must first be filed and immediately sent to the Court. The Court will review the motion and determine if a hearing is warranted.
When filing Motions for Speedy Trial or Notice of Expiration of Speedy Trial with the Clerk, Defense shall forward courtesy copies to Judges Chambers via email or fax and to the appropriate ASA by the end of that same work day.
Shall be filed and heard prior to the trial status date, unless opportunity therefore did not exist, or the Defendant was not aware of the grounds for the motion.
All motions requesting emergency hearing time should be faxed, emailed to the Judicial Assistant or delivered directly to the Judge’s office. The motion should detail the circumstances of the emergency. The court will review the motion and determine if an expedited hearing is warranted.
Must be set through the judicial assistant. hearings may only be scheduled after the motion has been fileD. A copy of the notice of hearing should be emailed to the Judicial Assistant.
Paperwork will need to be prepared as normal, notarized, and fingerprints (if required) will need to be submitted. Plea in absentia paperwork will then be e-filed and emailed to the court prior to the plea. The Defense attorney is to schedule the plea time with the Court and do a Notice of Hearing indicating the format the plea will be done (i.e. plea in absentia.) The Defense attorney can schedule pleas in absentia, via zoom and court will provide log in info. Clients will be ordered to report to probation in person (if local) within an allotted time or check in by phone if not local. Defense attorneys are required to let probation know and provide probation intake form to probation department immediately after plea.
Client and attorney will do plea form as normal and be submitted prior to the plea to the court and e-filed. If plea is a DETER, DETER paperwork will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office ahead of time and DETER contract will be e-filed ahead of time. The Defense attorney will schedule plea time with the Court. The Notice of Hearing is to be completed indicating the format the plea will be done (via zoom) and court will provide log in information for plea. At time of plea the judge will do the plea colloquy as normal.
DUI Court pleas will be held in person as an open plea to the Court.
Defendant’s appearance is mandatory with private and public defender representation, unless a motion signed by all parties (including Defendant) with reasons for request and Order granting request by the Court has been filed.
Defendant’s appearance is mandatory with private and public defender representation, unless Ordered by the Court and a Stipulation & Order for Continuance and/or Waiver of Appearance signed by Defendant and filed with the Clerk. Pending motions may be filed at this time, but will be heard at a later scheduled date. Please see Judge Denkin's Pretrial Conference Request Form.
A Notice of Cancellation should be provided to the Judicial Assistant by email.
Both Attorneys must sign the stipulation as well as the client to signify his/her consent to the substitution.
The Twelfth Circuit Court (Court) is providing attorneys the use of evidence presentation carts without charge as a courtesy to the legal profession. Use of these carts will be on a first come first serve basis and requires a minimum of 48 hours notice to Court staff. The Court will make every effort to ensure the presentation equipment is working properly, however the Court does not guarantee the compatibility nor reliability of the equipment. The Court is not responsible for the user's own negligence in operation of the equipment. The user agrees to hold the Court harmless for any failure of the equipment and any and all claims, damages, actions, causes of action, suits in equity whatever kind or nature as a result of the use of the equipment. The Court advises the users of this equipment that the Court will not be responsible for any delays caused by the failure of the equipment. Users of the presentation equipment should have back-up material and/or equipment suitable for use in the courtroom in the event of equipment failure.
Any motions for continuance must be submitted in writing and filed with the Clerk’s Office, with copies sent to all parties. A copy of the motion along with a proposed order must be sent by mail, sent electronically through the E-Portal or hand delivered to the Court along with stamped, self-addressed envelopes for all parties.
Personal appearance by all parties is required. Pending motions may be filed at this time, but will be heard at a later scheduled date.
Please see Administrative Order No. 2022-07.1
Zoom is a platform by which people can appear by video. More information about Zoom is available at www.zoom.us.
Please note that those individuals appearing live will be heard prior to those appearing by Zoom.
For hearings held by Zoom, view the meeting ID and passcode on Judge Denkin's Zoom Video Conference information webpage. If you have questions or concerns about using Zoom, please contact the Judicial Assistant at (941) 861‑7895 or by email.
Prior to scheduling any evidentiary hearing or hearing more than the Rule’s requisite time frame, the moving party shall ensure the opposing party is agreeable to the Zoom appearance and that the request is otherwise in compliance with Rule 2.530 of the Florida Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration. A filed stipulation is not required on this issue.
If using Zoom, please adhere to the following rules in place for all Sarasota County Court Judges: