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Appearance Procedure During Public Health Emergency

           In accordance with Florida Supreme Court Admin. Order No. 20-15, In Re: Covid-19 Essential and Critical Trial Court Proceedings and Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Admin. Order No. 20-15 Amended, In Re: Continuation of Operations Based Upon Covid-19 Concern,  litigants and their counsel may appear before Judge David E. Silverman in person or by video conference, as indicated herein. 

            The parties and their counsel may appear in person for any hearing, provided the Moore Justice Center is in operation and has not reached maximum capacity and provided they comply with any applicable public health requirements.  They may also appear by video conference by complying with the Instructions for Appearance at Video Conference Hearing During Public Health Emergency.

            Pro se parties in Small Claims cases are required to complete and file a Non-Attorney Designation of Email Address and participate in Online Dispute Resolution.   

            Counsel and pro se parties may also appear at non-evidentiary hearings by telephone, provided they have filed a completed Notice of Telephone Appearance and have emailed a copy to Kelsey.Chase@flcourts18.org at least 2 business days prior to their telephone appearance.  The Order for Telephone Appearance should be submitted sufficiently in advance of the hearing in order to provide due notice to the opposing party.           

Scheduling Guidelines

            Any litigant or attorney representing a party may request that a Civil, Probate, Small Claims or Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage hearing be set by contacting the Court's Judicial Assistant, Kelsey Chase, Email Kelsey.Chase@flcourts18.org, Tel. (321) 617-7284.  

            A request for hearing time may be made by telephone but should be confirmed by email.  The request for hearing time should include your name, the name of your client, the case number, your telephone number and your scheduling request.  

            Before making your request, please consult the Calendar page, confer with any opposing counsel or party, and read the following guidelines for scheduling hearings.  

            Scheduling a hearing may involve filing and service of documents.   Access to the Florida E-Filing Portal and the procedure for e-filing is set forth at Florida E-Filing Portal Procedure.

Persons with Disabilities in Brevard County

          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. If you require assistance please contact:  

         ADA Coordinator at Brevard Court Administration,  2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, 3rd floor, Viera, Florida, 32940-8006, (321) 633-2171 ext. 3

NOTE: You must contact coordinator at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired in Brevard County, call 711.

Probate Hearings

            Upon filing the motion, a hearing may be requested by directing an email to the Judicial Assistant attaching a completed Probate Hearing Request Form.   Absent an emergency, these hearings are required to be scheduled at least 15 days in advance. 

            The number of expedited hearings that may be scheduled weekly is limited and probate hearing time may be found on the Calendar.  Counsel should contact the Judicial Assistant to confirm the reservation of expedited hearing time.  

           A party or counsel requesting to appear by telephone at a probate hearing may complete and submit the Order for Telephone Appearance - Probate Hearing through the Eportal.  Contemporaneous with E-Filing Portal submission, the person requesting telephone appearance shall furnish a copy of the Order to the Judicial Assistant by email stating the Eportal submission number.

            Submission and entry of the proposed Order may be required at least 15 days prior to the hearing in order to provide  notice pursuant to Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.530(b).

            Any party or counsel appearing by telephone shall timely complete, file and serve this Notice of Telephone Appearance - Probate Hearing. 

            The party or counsel appearing at a probate hearing by telephone shall be available to be contacted by the Court at the number indicated on the Notice of Telephone Appearance - Probate Hearing and shall remain available a period of two (2) hours thereafter.

            Additional information may be found on the Probate and Guardianship page of the Clerk of Courtís website. 

Civil and Criminal Hearings

            As indicated on the Calendar page, proceedings in civil and criminal cases may be scheduled during periods designated on the Calendar.  Hearing time may be reserved and the hearing scheduled in accordance with the Scheduling Guidelines above. 

             In order to ensure that the Court has received a Notice of Appearance and Waiver of Arraignment from counsel waiving their client's appearance at arraignment, counsel may email a copy to the Judicial Assistant.

            If granted leave by the Court, appearance by counsel at docket sounding for criminal cases may be made by completing and efiling the following Notice of Docket Sounding Appearance. service shall be made upon the Office of the State Attorney as set forth in the notice.    

Mediation

            Parties attending a Small Claims Pretrial Conference may utilize the mediation services provided by the Brevard County Mediation Program.  Parties to a County Civil case who qualify for participation in the Mediation Program may request the services of a program mediator by filing a motion with the Clerk, scheduling the motion for hearing with the Judicial Assistant, and providing due notice to the opposing party. 

            Clicking on Mediation Instructions will produce a Word document with guidelines for participation in mediation. 

            Inquiries regarding the Mediation Program may be directed to Deborah Haataja-Deratany at Deborah.Haataja-Deratany@flcourts18.org

 

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