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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Courtroom Technology


For Criminal proceedings, courtrooms have infrastructure in place to deliver information and services for the courtroom. This may include attorney computers, projectors, document scanners, dry erase boards and easels.


For Civil proceedings, courtesy equipment may be used if available; otherwise attorneys are responsible for providing equipment.


The Court provides the use of courtroom technology as a courtesy to the legal profession and court participants. The Court will make every effort to ensure the equipment is working properly. However, the Court does not guarantee the reliability of the equipment. The Court is not responsible for the userís own negligence or lack of knowledge in operation of the equipment. The user agrees to hold the Court harmless for any failure of the equipment and any and all claims, damages, actions, causes of action, suits in equity whatever kind of nature as a result of the use of the equipment. The Court advises the users of this equipment that the Court will not be responsible for any delays caused by the failure of the equipment. Users of the equipment should have back-up material suitable for use in the courtroom in the event of equipment failure.


For more information about courtroom technology and its availability please contact the Court Administration Information Technology department at 850-606-4444 or ShulerI@leoncountyfl.gov