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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March 25, 2020

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On March 24, 2020, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady entered Administrative Order AOSC20-17 suspending all jury trials through April 17, 2020. Based on the new order, the Twelfth Judicial Circuit will suspend all non-essential or non-critical programs and services through April 17, 2020. Please visit our COVID-19 news page for previous posts.

Address Changes, Future Court Dates

If anyone needs to update their address or has a question about their next court date, please email the Self Help Center or call (941) 861-8191.

The following cases will still be heard during the emergency operations, via electronic communication where possible (find the full list on Administrative Order 2020-4.2):

  • First Appearance hearings
  • Bond hearings for defendants in custody
  • Shelter and Juvenile Detention hearings
  • Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) advisory hearings
  • Hearings on petitions for Judicial Wavier of Notice
  • Baker Act/Marchman Act hearings
  • Emergency Guardianship hearings
  • Risk Protection Order hearings
  • Temporary Domestic Violence Injunction hearings
  • Other emergency or time sensitive matters as determined by the presiding judge

Additionally, criminal division judges may hold necessary in-custody criminal hearings as long as the hearings conducted electronically, there are no in-person defendants, and the judge finds that the custody status of the Defendant will be affected by the hearing.

Unless you have been otherwise advised by the presiding judge, all non-emergency court hearings, including but not limited to: special set hearings, motions, pretrial motions, foreclosures, evictions, divorces and case management conferences will be canceled and reset for a future date. At the presiding judge’s discretion there may be a limited number of civil, family and probate hearings held telephonically. Note: Judge Matt Whyte has posted updated temporary procedures to Manatee County Family Division 3 and Judge Teri Dees has posted updated temporary procedures for Manatee County Juvenile Division J.

Additional administrative orders regarding COVID-19 court procedures:

View a video message from Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady

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 April 17, 2020
Jury selection proceedings: Suspended through April 17, 2020
Criminal and Civil jury trials:  Suspended through April 17, 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 4-2-2020 Read all coronavirus posts on our COVID-19 News page