Florida Courts are slowly commencing the process of reopening; however, a greater emphasis is being placed on remote hearings via Zoom rather than in-person appearances. The Supreme Court of Florida recently issued Amendment Number 1 to AOSC20-23 which addresses a series of changes.
Court matters to be heard remotely
Some of the notables changes are that all jury trials shall remain suspended now through and including July 2, 2020. As to non-jury trials and other “non-essential” matters, these will continue to be conducted remotely on a case-by-case basis as determined by the presiding judge and the chief judge of each circuit.
“After COVID-19 has determined that the following proceedings are amenable to being conducted remotely:
- Alternative dispute resolution proceedings;
- Status, case management, and pretrial conferences in all case types;
- Non-evidentiary and evidentiary motion hearings in all case types;
- Arraignments and pleas in absentia in county court misdemeanor cases;
- Hearings in juvenile delinquency cases;
- Hearings in noncriminal traffic infraction cases;
- Problem-solving court staffings, hearings, and wellness checks; and
- Non-jury trials in all case types, except for criminal, juvenile delinquency, and termination of parental rights petitions in dependency cases unless the parties in an excepted case agree to the remote conduct of a non-jury trial.”
If you have a pending case or have questions regarding a potential claim you may have, please contact the attorneys at G&R Law.
Writs of possession as to Foreclosure/eviction proceedings
The issuance of writ of possessions pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.580(a) as they related to eviction and/or foreclosure proceedings remain suspended indefinitely. It is advisable if you are a tenant seeking relief on your rent payment or alternatively a landlord seeking to collect rent from your tenant(s) to attempt to communicate and reach a resolution as to a new amount which would be agreeable to both sides. If you are unable to reach a resolution, the attorneys at G&R Law are here to provide assistance.
As to family matters, in-person visitation of children remains suspended if the parents are unable to agree as to a safe manner in which to conduct same. However, electronic communication via video or alternatively telephone is to be conducted in lieu of in-person visitation.
If you are a parent and believe it would be in the best interest of your child to have in-person visitiation with you and it can be done in a manner which would keep both of you safe from Covid-19, the courts are allowing said visitation on a case-by-case basis. The attorneys at G&R Law can assist you in being able to safely enjoy visitation with your child.
What should i do now?
The attorneys at G&R Law are able to assist you in reviewing your leases and negotiating on your behalf with your tenants and/or landlord. G&R Law will work with you during these trying times to make sure you are able to have visitation with your children so long as it can be done in a safe manner.
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Stay safe during these trying times.