Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we encourage those involved in any cases to register for E-Notify, a free text/email alert system, to receive notice of court date changes. Most court appearances are now done via Zoom, a live online platform.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Ex Parte matters must be scheduled by Judge Collins’ Judicial Assistant (JA), Michelle Gipson. Please contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ex Parte matters include brief uncontested matters.
All scheduling is conducted by email. Motions must be docketed prior to requesting hearing date. Hearings over one hour require a motion to set. Potential dates will be provided for you to coordinate with opposing counsel. Please coordinate among yourselves and provide your final agreed upon date to the JA. Prospective dates are not held or guaranteed until a confirmation email is received. Once a date is agreed upon, the JA will coordinate your hearing and provide the Zoom link (for video hearing) or phone number (for telephonic hearing) at which time counsel may prepare a notice of hearing. Courtesy copies of Notices of Hearings should not be sent to the Court. They should be filed in advance so the Court may access them on the docket.
ALL documents intended to be used at trial must be filed with the Clerk ten (10) days prior to trial and listed as “Plaintiff’s (or Defendant’s) Trial Exhibits.” Accordingly, a paper copy of the documents must be mailed to the Court and the opposing party and post-marked ten (10) days prior to trial. Failure to comply will result in the documents being ruled inadmissible. Each exhibit must be marked Plaintiff’s A, B, C, etc. or Defendant’s A, B, C, etc. If introduced into evidence, the exhibit will be numbered by the Court.
The Clerk of Courts sends matters directly to Judge Collins’ Judicial Assistant when they are ready for court action. The Judge will sign eviction orders, judgments, and set hearings when appropriate. Special COVID-19 rules apply to evictions until further Order of the Florida Supreme Court. Any Count II actions for money judgments will be referred directly to our Mediation Department only when proper Service of Process has been filed with the Clerk.