CDC extends eviction moratorium to July 31

The CDC has extended its temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 through July 31, 2021. Chief Judge Bonner entered administrative order 2020-15f.1 on April 1, 2021, which extended the moratorium in the Twelfth Circuit through June 30. The order included language that would automatically extend the expiration date of the local mandate if the CDC order was extended.

Masks, health precautions no longer required in court buildings

Updated 9:48 a.m., 7-29-2021: The Court entered Administrative Order 2021-15.2 that requires face masks for all unvaccinated individuals entering the courthouses, effective July 26, 2021.

The day we have been waiting for has finally arrived. Masks, social distancing and other health and safety protocols we have followed for the last 15 months have ended and operations in our judicial centers and other court buildings resume fully on Monday, June 21.

This is an image of Manatee County employees Mike Cismesia and Mike Dewey prepare an area to place Retired Judge Thomas Gallen's footprints outside the Manatee County Judicial Center on Friday morning.

Concrete footprints invite us to to follow lead of giving back

Manatee County employees Mike Cismesia (left) and Mike Dewey (right) prepare an area to place Retired Judge Thomas Gallen's footprints outside the Manatee County Judicial Center on Friday morning. Cast in a January 2021 ceremony when he was honored with Manatee County’s Distinguished Citizen award, Judge Gallen’s footprints invite us to follow his lead of giving back.

PIO Receives Award for Excellence

On April 7, Donna Rhodes, Public Information Officer for the 12th Judicial Circuit, was presented with the Award for Excellence in Communications by the Florida Court Public Information Officers at their annual awards ceremony. Donna received the award for her outstanding public service during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic by successfully communicating health and safety protocols and information about the courts with jurors, the public and media under unique and ever-changing circumstances.