Preparing for Court

ADA Information
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which requires that reasonable accommodations be provided on request to qualified persons with disabilities in order that they might fully participate in court programs, services and activities. Find contact information to request accommodations on the Court's ADA webpage.
Court Appointed Attorney
Visit the Circuit's Court Appointed Attorney webpage to learn how to add your name to the list, or find a link to submit your renewal application online. Both new and renewing attorneys must have a Twelfth Judicial Circuit account with attorney access to complete the online application process.
Forms
Download frequently used forms
Expert Witnesses
Find listings for expert witnesses in criminal cases, court-appointed forensic experts to evaluate for intellectual disability and autism, competency and mental illness, and guardianship examining committee members.
Interpreter Information
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is committed to providing qualified interpreters to limited-English-proficient persons in order to eliminate communication barriers that may prevent full participation in court proceedings necessary to ensure due process and equal access to the courts. It is our policy that a staff Spanish interpreter is assigned to be present at first appearances, misdemeanor arraignments, criminal traffic arraignments, felony arraignments, juvenile delinquency and dependency arraignments, as well as detention and shelter hearings. Court Administration requires that ALL other court interpreter requests be submitted online. As a courtesy, the Court also maintains a listing of public interpreters that are designated by the Florida Supreme Court as either Certified, Language Skilled, or Provisionally Approved.
Judicial Center Screening
Transcripts of Court Proceedings
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit uses a hybrid model for its court reporting services, comprised of the Official Court Reporters (OCR), which are stenographers, and Digital Court Recording (DCR). Each method provides a verbatim record of court proceedings that require the record to be made at public expense. Order official court transcripts or request audio recordings of court proceedings on the Circuit's Court Reporting webpage.
Court Technology Information
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit offers A/V equipment, video conferencing, and other technology support to attorneys. Through partnerships with Sarasota and Manatee County Governments, wireless internet access is available within the judicial centers. As a courtesy, the Circuit provides evidence presentation carts for court proceedings that may be reserved using our online request form. The use of videoconferencing at a hearing or trial requires a motion before the presiding judge for approval of the request. Download a sample Request/Order Authorizing Use of Video Teleconferencing form. Submit an online Video Conference Request to Court Administration Technology Services department.

Trial Dockets & Calendars

Find links to dockets and calendars for the Family, Civil, Criminal, and Probate & Guardianship divisions.

Standards of Professionalism and Local Professionalism Panel

Read the Circuit's Standards in Professionalism, which describes the conduct preferred and expected by attorneys practicing in the area. In 2013, the Florida Supreme Court published Opinion SC13-638 directing local trial courts to create a Local Professionalism Panel (LLP). Find a summary of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit panel's function, review the local administrative order establishing the panel and find a link to the online complaint form on the LLP webpage.

Programs

Read the Court's Pro Bono Plan. This measure is more than giving unrepresented litigants a voice in court. It also includes a commitment to community legal education to eligible client groups; participation in client intake; participation in pro se clinics; mentoring; and more.