The novel coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately been affecting all aspects of our economy. At Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., it is our civic duty to inform the public how COVID-19 will be affecting the Florida Court System and what that means for our personal injury clients.
Postponement of Non-Essential Court Proceedings
On Tuesday, March 17, Florida Chief Justice Charles T. Canady issued an administrative order directing that “essential” and “critical” court proceedings be given priority over other cases for the time being. This includes suspension of grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials for a minimum of two weeks, effective March 16 until Friday, March 27. Judges must use remote electronic means whenever possible.
Face-to-face legal proceedings will be limited. All non-critical and non-essential court proceedings are ordered to be rescheduled, postponed, or cancelled unless they can be effectively conducted using remote technology.
These social distancing efforts will help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the courts and the general public.
What Court Proceedings Will Still Be Taking Place?
According to the Florida Chief Justice, all circuit and county courts shall continue to perform essential proceedings, including but not limited to:
- First appearance
- Necessary criminal arraignments
- Hearings on motions to set or modify monetary bail for individuals in custody
- Juvenile dependency shelter hearings
- Juvenile delinquency detention hearings
- Hearings on petitions for risk protection orders
- Appointment of emergency temporary guardians
Edwards & Ragatz Offering Telephone and Video Consultations
Due to the quarantine, Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. will be offering telephone and video consultations to our clients. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our office today. In the meantime, please stay safe.