For information about meeting times and participation please contact the Judicial Assistant.
Phone: (941) 861-7929
Email: Judicial Assistant

Judge McHugh's Zoom Video Conference Access Information

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Judge McHugh is conducting all hearings via video teleconferencing using the Zoom platform.  Judge McHugh will host the videoconference. DO NOT SCHEDULE YOUR OWN ZOOM HEARING - YOU MUST USE THE COURT'S CREDENTIALS.  All hearings will use the same meeting credentials.  The log-in credentials are:
Meeting ID:    353 234 4884
Password:       756433
Telephone:      +1 253 215 8782 (audio only)

You must file your notice with the video teleconferencing credentials into the court file so that the hearing is still open to the public. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your hearing. 

Use of Document Identification Number [DIN]:

The Clerk’s office on the progress docket identifies a unique, sequential Document Identification Number [DIN] for each docket entry.  Once assigned by the Clerk, the DIN does not change.  You must include the DIN when referencing any filing, especially on hearing notices.

Meeting ID:    353 234 4884
Password:       756433
Telephone:      +1 253 215 8782 (audio only)

Unless the Judge specifically authorizes an in-person attendance, all individuals, including the court reporter, must attend using the Zoom platform at Please select the “Join A Meeting” link and then enter the Meeting ID and Password to access the hearing. You may also join the court hearing from Judge McHugh’s Zoom Video Conference Access Information page.

Judge McHugh will “host” the videoconference. When you sign on, you be placed in a waiting room. The Court will admit you at the beginning of the hearing. Please name your video feed with your first and last name.

Court Reporters

The Court does not provide a court reporter. If a party wishes to have a court reporter present, that party must arrange for the court reporter’s attendance and must notify all other parties before the hearing.

Digital Court Recording

You are advised that the Court may record this proceeding via the Court’s Digital Court Recording. Not all hearings are digitally recorded, however.

No Recording Proceedings

By court rule and court order, you are not authorized to make your own audio or visual recording of a court proceeding. No one may take “screenshots” or other audio or visual depictions of a court proceeding. Recording a court proceeding is strictly prohibited unless approved by the Judge. If you violate these rules, you may be held in contempt of court. Members of the media must comply with rule 2.450 and administrative order 2020-23.2 regarding media coverage. Please contact the Court’s Public Information Officer for further information.

Late entry or Technical Difficulties

If you are not logged in when the hearing begins, the judge may not interrupt the proceedings to admit you to the hearing.  If you have trouble logging in, and you wish to participate in the hearing, contact the Court’s judicial assistant immediately.

Expectations for ALL Participants Attending Zoom Hearings

Please see the expectations for all participants on the Public Court Hearings page.  

ADA Notice

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Sarasota County Jury Office, P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, Florida 34230-3079, (941) 861-8000, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.


The Twelfth Judicial Circuit provides spoken language court interpreters to limited-English-proficient persons in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 90.606, Florida Statutes, and Rule 2.560, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. If you require the assistance of an interpreter, please submit your request to using the Interpreter Request Form or please call 941-749-3659. Please submit your request as early as possible, requests made with less than 5 business days’ notice may not be accommodated.

El Duodécimo Circuito Judicial provee intérpretes judiciales de la lengua hablada a personas con dominio limitado del inglés de acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la sección 90.606, los Estatutos de la Florida y la Regla 2.560 de las Reglas de Administración Judicial de la Florida. Si requiere la ayuda de un intérprete, por favor envíe su solicitud utilizando el Formulario de solicitud de intérprete o llame al 941-749-3659. Por favor, envíe su solicitud lo antes posible, las solicitudes hechas con menos de 5 días hábiles no pueden ser garantizadas.

Please keep your microphone muted while you are not being addressed. Business casual attire is permitted. 

Should you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact Judge McHugh's Judicial Assistant, Margarita “Marge” 

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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