For information about meeting times and participation please contact the Judicial Assistant.
Phone: (941) 749-3646
Email: Magistrate's Assistant
Magistrate Denton's Zoom Video Conference Access Information
IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN ADULT INTERPRETER FOR ALL HEARINGS.
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit provides spoken language court interpreters to limited-English-proficient persons in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 90.606, Florida Statutes, and Rule 2.560, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. If you require the assistance of an interpreter, please submit your request online using the Interpreter Request Form or call 941-749-3659. Please submit your request as early as possible, requests made with less than 5 business days’ notice may not be accommodated.
SI USTED NO HABLA INGLÉS USTED DEBE PROPORCIONAR A SU PROPIO INTÉRPRETE DEL ADULTO PARA TODAS LAS AUDIENCIAS.
El Duodécimo Circuito Judicial provee intérpretes judiciales de la lengua hablada a personas con dominio limitado del inglés de acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la sección 90.606, los Estatutos de la Florida y la Regla 2.560 de las Reglas de Administración Judicial de la Florida. Si requiere la ayuda de un intérprete, por favor envíe su solicitud en línea utilizando el Formulario de solicitud de intérprete o llame al 941-749-3659. Por favor, envíe su solicitud lo antes posible, las solicitudes hechas con menos de 5 días hábiles no pueden ser garantizadas.
SPECIAL NOTICE AND INSTRUCTIONS TO APPEAR BY ZOOM:
TITLE IV-D CHILD SUPPORT HEARINGS
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are limitations currently in place on in-person court appearances at the 12th Judicial Circuit, ALL parties scheduled before Hearing Officer/Magistrate Charles Denton in Manatee County shall appear by Zoom Video or Audio Teleconferencing until further notice. Magistrate Denton will be the host of the Zoom proceeding. There are no fees to attend by Zoom, it is free and easy to use! All hearings will be digitally recorded. No person will be permitted inside the courthouse at this time. This includes parties and attorneys.
In order to participate in the hearing by Zoom Video or Audio (Phone), please follow the instructions below:
OPTION #1: TO APPEAR BY ZOOM VIDEO:
- DOWNLOAD the free Zoom app on your smartphone or computer at https://www.zoom.us prior to your hearing date. MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP BEFORE YOUR HEARING!
- On the date and time of your hearing listed in this notice, SELECT “Join a Meeting” and then ENTER your Meeting ID and Password (listed below or on your notice of hearing) to get into the hearing. If using the "Zoom" app on a computer, tablet or smartphone, please try to “name” yourself before entering the Zoom hearing. This makes it easier for the Court to identify who is there, especially if you are not via video. The Court realizes this is not always possible for those appearing by phone/audio.
- Once you connect, please WAIT to be checked in. You may be placed in a “waiting room” and on mute or silent until your hearing begins.
OPTION #2: TO APPEAR BY ZOOM AUDIO (PHONE): No camera? No problem! The Zoom platform allows individuals to appear via telephone if they do not have an available camera. On the date and time of your hearing, just CALL one of the phone numbers listed on your notice of hearing or on the hearing information below. Then ENTER your Meeting ID and Password to get into the hearing. Once you connect, please WAIT as you may be placed on mute or silent until your hearing begins.
PROBLEMS CONNECTING TO YOUR HEARING? If you have problems connecting to a hearing, immediately e-mail the Magistrate's Assistant DURING YOUR HEARING TIME for further instructions.
Magistrate Denton has enabled the "waiting room" feature on the Zoom platform. Please understand that on some hearing days, the Court is using the same credentials for multiple hearings, and when you sign on you may join in the middle of another hearing. Please keep your microphone muted until you are addressed and able to join your hearing. If you need to move around prior to your hearing, kindly stop your video feed until your hearing begins.
Dress appropriately, like you would if actually going to the courthouse.
Limit distractions, put all pets and other things that may be a distraction in a different room.
***PLEASE BE IN A QUIET ROOM OR AREA WHEN APPEARING FOR YOUR HEARING***
If you would like to have the Court consider any documents at your hearing, you must file the documents with the Manatee County Clerk of Court prior to your hearing. To file documents, you may provide the documents by mail or through the e-portal. Your documents must contain your case number and instructions that they be filed in your case. For more information on the Manatee County Clerk’s addresses or hours, please visit https://www.manateeclerk.com/. To reach the Family Division of Clerk’s office by telephone, call (941) 741-4026. You may also electronically file the documents through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal at https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/index.html. Regardless of filing method used, the Manatee County Clerk of Court must receive your documents at least five (5) days prior to your hearing in order for the documents to be considered at the hearing.
PLEASE NOTE: Any document filed in your court record becomes a public record, so it is your responsibility to redact any of your confidential or sensitive information prior to filing (e.g., SSN, bank account #, etc.).
SPECIAL RULES FOR EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS SET BY PRIVATE ATTORNEYS:
- No later than 48 hours prior to the hearing, each party must provide to the Court and opposing side copies of any documents or case law to be used or referred to during the hearing or offered into evidence. No additional documents or exhibits may be emailed to the Magistrate during the hearing.
- Any exhibits shall be pre-marked because there will be no clerk present.
- All documents shall be submitted as a PDF file via email. In the subject line of the email, you must include the style of the case, and the case number.
- In the email each exhibit shall be attached as a SEPARATE PDF document.
- For all final hearings taking place via Zoom, the parties SHALL either appear at the hearing with the ability to hold a copy of their Florida driver’s license (issued at least six (6) months prior to when the petition was filed) up to the digital camera being used by the party for the hearing so that the Magistrate can view the driver’s license, or, if they do not have access to a digital camera, they must email a copy of their driver’s license to Magistrate Denton at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.
- All confidential information shall be redacted by the individual submitting the proposed exhibit (including, but not limited to, information such as account numbers, SSN, dates of birth).
- All parties are responsible for securing the attendance of any witnesses they wish to call via Zoom, by providing those witnesses with any and all procedural requirements for attending a Zoom hearing listed herein, as well as the Zoom Meeting ID and Password.
- All parties SHALL reserve and schedule sufficient time for the hearing to be concluded, while affording BOTH sides equal hearing time. This means that if you believe you need 30 minutes to present your case, you must reserve 60 minutes for your hearing so that each party has an equal amount of time to present their respective cases.
Standing Meetings do not have a start or end date. Contact the Judge's Judicial Assistant or JACS for hearing times.
IV-D Child Support Hearings Morning Session
Start Time: 09:00 AM
IV-D Child Support Hearings Afternoon Session
Start Time: 01:30 PM
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