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Judge Dees' Zoom Video Conference Access Information

***UPDATED - Effective May 12, 2020***

OVERVIEW

Due to recent directives and clarifications from the Florida Supreme Court and the Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit, which are outlined, in part, below:

  1. All non-trial court proceedings MUST be conducted remotely if requested by a party, unless the chief judge or presiding judge determines that the interests of justice require the proceedings to be conducted in person. All non-trial court proceedings should be conducted remotely, as appropriate, to facilitate the efficient and expeditious processing of cases, unless doing so would be inconsistent with the constitution or other laws.
  2. 2. Participants may request to be socially distanced and if requested, the court will address such requests as appropriate under the circumstances at the time of the request.

The Court is modifying Division 4 requirements, as follows, effective IMMEDIATELY:

TRIALS

All family law trials will be held, in person, in courtroom 3E of the Manatee County Judicial Center. ALL requests for Zoom trial proceedings must be made, in writing, with an opportunity for opposing counsel to respond. The Court will provide direction upon receipt of each party’s respective position.

EVIDENTIARY MOTION HEARINGS

All hearings noticed as evidentiary hearings will be held in person unless the parties agree to appear via Zoon. Any contested request for Zoom hearing must be made, in writing, with an opportunity for opposing counsel to respond. The Court will provide direction upon receipt of each party’s respective position.

NON-EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS

All non-evidentiary hearings will be held via Zoom, pending further direction from the Florida Supreme Court and/or Chief Judge Roberts.

PRO SE HEARINGS

All pro se hearings will be held via Zoom, pending further direction from the Florida Supreme Court and/or Chief Judge Roberts.

HYBRID HEARINGS / WITNESSES APPEARING VIA ZOOM

At this time, the court has limited available technology to conduct hybrid hearings in which some parties appear remotely and others in person. If any party is requesting a witness appear via Zoom, for a hearing proceeding in person, the party must obtain a court order and present the same to the I.T. department no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing. If a party intends to call an international witness via zoom, the party must obtain a court order stating the country from which the witness will appear, and present the made to the I.T. department, no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing.

Standing Meetings

Standing Meetings do not have a start or end date. Contact the Judge's Judicial Assistant or JACS for hearing times.

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