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Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Ex Parte Dates – Division E

The Honorable Don H. Lester

Chambers 4-077 – 8:30am – 9:00 am

April 16, 17, 18 & 30
May 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 24 & 29
June 11, 12, 13, 25 & 26
July 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31
August 2, 20, 21, 27, 28 & 29


Absent extraordinary circumstances, no motion to cancel foreclosure sale will be considered unless presented to the Court three (3) business days before the sale date.


Ex-Parte is designed for uncontested matters and Motions to Set for Trial. All uncontested dissolutions MUST have a checklist fully completed before presenting your case to the Judge.
No foreclosure matters will be heard during ex parte.

Foreclosure Hearings

Foreclosure hearings should be scheduled via email request to

Motion to Set

The moving party must appear in  person at a motion to set.  A Trial Set Memorandum is to be completed by the party requesting the trial and they should provide addressed, stamped envelopes for each party, and stamped, unaddressed envelopes are to be provided for the mediator and time sharing evaluator or social investigator evaluator, if any.  If email addresses are provided for the parties, envelopes are not necessary.

Telephonic Appearance

Motions for Summary Judgment and Final Pre-trial Conference require personal appearance. Telephone appearance may be allowed for other hearings. File a motion to appear by phone, then email the motion with a proposed order in word or wordperfect format to the JA at The call in number at the time of hearing is 904-269-6338.

Motion Hearings

No motion will be added to a previously scheduled hearing without prior approval by the Court.

Proposed Orders

When submitting a proposed order on an ex parte basis, the motion must show on its face that all interested parties either consent or do not object. Otherwise, such motions must be set for hearing with proper notice. Any submittals not in compliance with this directive will be discarded.

A Positive Divorce Resolution (PDR) Course is required to be completed by both parties in both Dissolution of Marriage and Paternity cases.

Temporary Needs

All Temporary Needs and Pre Judgment hearings must be scheduled with the General Magistrate.

Emergency Motions

Emergency Motions may be faxed or emailed to the Judicial Assistant for the Judge’s review. The Judicial Assistant will contact the attorney for the moving party to notify them whether the Motion will be heard on an emergency basis or will be heard on the next available time of the regular court calendar. There will be no Ex-Parte communication concerning emergency motions.

Child testimony

Motions for child testimony will not be heard the day of trial or hearing.


The following documents are provided for your convenience:

Julie Randolph, Judicial Assistant
(904) 269-6338 Office
(904) 278-3676 Facsimile

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