Message from Chief Judge Sjostrom


By administrative order 2020-03 I closed all court operations and facilities to all but essential court proceedings and critical proceedings related to the public health emergency. In the coming days the courts of the Second Judicial Circuit will reschedule, postpone or cancel all other hearings or establish means to conduct other hearings by telephone or video.


"Essential Court Proceedings" includes:
"Critical Court Proceedings Related to the Public Health Emergency" includes:

If you think your matter is an emergency but is not one of the categories set out above, you may file a document explaining why your matter needs to be handled by a judge immediately. A judge will review your document and decide if it requires immediate action. Litigants in Civil Court cases must complete a Designation of Current Mailing and Email Address form with any filing.


The court may also set non-emergency matters for hearing by telephone or video during the time we are closed. Otherwise, your matter will be reset after the public health emergency concludes.


We regret this inconvenience. But we hope that our efforts will help make the public health emergency shorter and less severe.



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ADA Accommodations

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It is the intent of the 2nd Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by qualified persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance.

Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities (p. 55)

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. Please contact:
ADA Coordinator
301 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.606.4400
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, call 711.

Some accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and real-time reporting, require additional time to schedule. Rule 2.540, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (pg. 55) requires that you contact the ADA Coordinator at least seven days prior to your court appearance or visit to the courthouse, or immediately upon receiving notification if the time before the scheduled court appearance is less than 7 days. Please be prepared to explain the nature of your disability and suggest an auxiliary aid or service that will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service.

Examples of auxiliary aids or services that the Second Judicial Circuit may provide for qualified individuals with disabilities include:

  • Assistive listening devices
  • Qualified ASL or other types of interpreters for persons with hearing loss
  • Communication access real-time translation / Real-time transcription services
  • Accessible formats such as large print, Braille, electronic document, or audio tapes
  • Qualified readers

Examples of aids or services the Second Judicial Circuit cannot provide as an accommodation under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act include:

  • Transportation to and from the courthouse
  • Legal counsel or advice
  • Personal devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or prescription eyeglasses
  • Personal services such as medical or attendant care
  • Readers for personal use or study
  • An official transcript of a court proceeding

Forms


ADA Technical Accommodations

It is the goal of the 2nd Judicial Circuit to provide all users with a functional, accessible and interactive Web experience.

If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, TTY, etc.) and the format of any of our web site material interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact the ADA Coordinator, at 850-606-4400, or via email brownf@leoncountyfl.gov, to be provided with further assistance.

To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate your disability type, the preferred format for return correspondence, the web address of the requested material and your contact information.

Recommendations for Enhancing Accessibility

We recommend that users download the latest version of Adobe Reader to view PDF files: Version 7.0 and higher of this software is available and provides a number of features that improve access for users. For further information please visit: http://access.adobe.com/