COVID-19

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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If you received a notice for a County Court arraignment for the week of June 1st or June 8th in Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice, there are no live, in-person hearings. For more information, contact the Clerk of Court in the county in which the case is filed or consider the eNotify service to receive courtesy text or email reminders of criminal court cases.

Public Access to Court Hearings

View public hearings online via Zoom Video Conferencing software. 

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Our Message to You

Public access to court buildings is limited through June 15th; access to justice is not.

May 30, 2020

MASKS REQUIRED IN COURT BUILDINGS EFFECTIVE JUNE 8

Read Chief Judge Bonner’s newest message

Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner issued two new administrative orders as part of the Court’s continued response to COVID-19 and our phased revamp to full operations. We’re in Phase 1 now, which means all hearings except emergency hearings are conducted by video and phone conferencing.

In order to move to Phase 2, a time when limited in-person contact will be allowed in court proceedings, protective measures will still be required. According to the Supreme Court’s order AOSC20-23, Amendment 2, we will be able to move to Phase 2 when:

  • There have been no COVID-19 cases in the courthouse within 14 days or there has been a deep cleaning if such cases have occurred;
  • Local and state orders permit the activity;
  • The community shows at least 14 days of improvements in COVID-19 case reporting;
  • Adequate testing programs are in place; and
  • We have consulted with other building occupants and justice system partners (State Attorney, Public Defender, law enforcement, and other agencies such as Department of Children and Families).

Beginning June 8, local AO2020-12.02 requires that anyone who enters a court building – including judges – must wear a facemask in all public areas. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own facemask to wear in court. If you arrive without a facemask, we’ll give you a disposable one before you enter the building.

We’ll continue the practice of keeping six-feet of distance between everyone – in lines, in courtrooms and in elevators. Only three people will be allowed in an elevator at any time.

We’ll also continue to clean and sanitize all public areas giving special attention to elevator buttons, door handles and hand rails.

Beginning June 15, anyone who enters a court building will have their temperature checked and asked a series of questions related to COVID-19 exposure. If you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or you answer “yes” to any question you will not be allowed into the building and your case will be rescheduled. The court will not issue a bench warrant for failing to appear for your hearing if you were turned away due to the screening process.

Judge Bonner also issued AO2020-13.01, which suspends civil jury trials through September 18, 2020.

Changes to Programs/Services
Specialty Court/Treatment Courts: 

Zoom hearings are here!

Contact the dropline for updated information:
Manatee -  (941) 749-3666
Sarasota -  (941) 861-8189 Drug testing begins in Sarasota County week of June 1
Desoto -  contact staff daily. CTC contact Director Brittany Elkins (941) 376-6821

Mediations: 

Zoom or telephone mediation is available by request and upon stipulation of the parties. Please contact the following staff members for scheduling:

  • County Mediation (Sarasota and DeSoto counties)
    Pam McLeod, (941) 861-7833
  • County Mediation (Manatee County)
    Susan Gardner, (941) 749-3660
  • Family Mediation
    Maggie Pardi, (941) 749-3654
  • Dependency Mediation
    Michelle Smith, (941) 749-3600, ext. 7102
Deposition room reservations: Canceled
School visits: Canceled
Pet Therapy Program:  Suspended until further notice
Grand Jury proceedings:  Suspended through July 2, 2020
Jury selection proceedings: Suspended through July 2, 2020
Criminal jury trials Suspended through July 2, 2020
Civil Jury trials: Suspended through September 18, 2020
Self Help Center: Closed; Update mailing address or ask about future court dates by email or phone (941) 861-8191

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