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.
EVIDENTIARY MOTION HEARINGS
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.
PRO SE HEARINGS
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.