The Honorable Teresa Dees

The Honorable Teresa Dees

Circuit Court Judge

  • Circuit Family Division 4 - Manatee County
  • Early Childhood Court - Manatee County
Chamber Manatee County Judicial Center
Courtroom 3E

As of June 21, 2021, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Charles Canady, has removed all requirements of social distancing and mandatory face coverings as well as eliminating the requirement that most hearings be conducted remotely. Many court events have been scheduled over the next several months, and were scheduled as “Zoom” proceedings. To provide maximum flexibility and consistency as Manatee County, Family Division 4, transitions back to “in-person” proceedings, the following procedures will be followed:


The court will issue amended trial orders for all cases set for trial on or after Monday, July 26, 2021, via zoom, specifying that the trials will be held in person, in courtroom 3E of the Manatee County Judicial Center. Any requests for Zoom trial proceedings must be made, in writing, and set for hearing.


Effective, Monday, July 26, 2021, all hearings noticed as evidentiary hearings will be held in person. If you have already scheduled and noticed your hearing as a Zoom proceeding, you must immediately file an Amended Notice of Hearing reflecting the location of the hearing as: Courtroom 3E, Manatee County Judicial Center. Any requests for Zoom hearing must be made, in writing via Motion, and set for hearing.


Case Management Conferences and Trial Scheduling Conferences will continue to be conducted exclusively via Zoom for the remainder of 2021. Effective Monday, July 26, 2021, all non-evidentiary motion hearings, scheduled for sixty (60) minutes or longer, will be held in person.


The court will be working with the pro se coordinator to make Zoom hearings available for uncontested and simplified dissolution cases, pending further updates.


At this time, the court does not have the available technology to conduct hybrid hearings in which some parties appear remotely and some in person. If, and when, this becomes available, these instructions will be updated accordingly.

Judicial Assistant Tasha
Phone (941) 749-3623

Judicial Service

Began service on the Circuit Court Bench in September 2015


J.D. University of Florida College of Law - 1996
B.S. University of Florida - 1992

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the Judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit to discuss pending cases with the public. Please do not call or email the Court expecting to speak with a Judge about any case. The Court is only allowed to consider arguments made in the courtroom and in documents properly filed by actual parties in the case as authorized by law and the Rules of Court. The Court cannot ethically read or consider any other opinions or arguments about the case. Communications that do not meet these legal requirements cannot be forwarded to the Judges.