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The Second Circuit comprises circuit and county trial courts in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla Counties.

Court reopening protocols and practices are directed by the Florida Supreme Court, which in turn is guided by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health.

The Chief Judge and local court staff carefully monitor public health data and local conditions each week prior to making decisions concerning court operations.

The Second Circuit is currently operating under Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC21-17, which establishes COVID health and safety protocols and operational procedures for the trial courts. These requirements are established in the Second Circuit through Administrative Order 2021-05

Amendment 1 to Supreme Court Administrative AOSC21-17 authorizes chief judges to require all visitors to wear face masks; expands their application to an entire courthouse, not just an in-person court proceeding only; and modifies provisions governing certain trial court proceedings.

This amendment leaves to the individual judges the responsibility to determine whether to conduct proceedings in-person in the first instance. However, the AOSC also permits a party to request remote proceedings in many circumstances and the request must be granted “unless the chief judge or presiding judge determines that the interests of justice require the proceeding to be conducted in person.” This amendment permits parties to request social distancing for in-person proceedings.

These requirements are established in the Second Circuit through Administrative Order 2021-05

Many court proceedings are being conducted remotely, using Zoom and telephonic hearings. Please check with your attorney or summons to determine whether your court proceeding is in-person or remote. If in doubt, please contact your local Clerk of Court.

If you must come to a courthouse, visitors are not screened for exposure to COVID but are screened for weapons.

All persons entering a courthouse must wear a face mask at all times. There are no exceptions. Anyone without a face mask will be provided with one at no cost. The face mask must cover your nose and mouth. Court employees are also required to wear face masks.

We have labored under the restrictions of a global pandemic for more than 17 months with extraordinary precautions resulting in a large and growing backlog of unresolved cases each representing the serious needs of a human being or organization.

Finally, effective, safe vaccines are available and in wide use that protect against infection and especially against severe illness. We strongly encourage all persons involved in court proceedings to vaccinate immediately.

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Welcome to the 2nd Judicial Circuit. As part of our commitment to keeping our work easily accessible, we have created a more navigable website with additional resources, better tools, and a new visual design to support your work and aid in the transfer of valuable information.

As Chief Judge my responsibilities include: carrying out the orders of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court; administration and supervision of the courts, judges, and officers of the courts within the judicial circuit; developing and implementing plans for the efficient operation of the courts that provide prompt disposition of cases, assignment of judges and staff, control of dockets, regulation and use of courtrooms and review of the status of inmates in local jails.

Court Administrator's Office handles judicial support functions for the circuit under my direction. This office oversees program functions set up by the judiciary. Explore our website to learn more about our office, staff, and duties.

Thank you,
Jonathan Sjostrom, Chief Judge

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Know Your Court

On the first day of 2020:

» Dollar limits for civil cases in county court double to $30,000

» Small claims cases are increasing to include amounts up to $8,000, an increase of 60 percent

» Civil filers must include a cover sheet that specifies the amount of money in dispute in cases valued at more than $8,000

» Filing fees remain as they have been and do not change

» Increases in county courts' jurisdictional limits were passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. Increases to small claims amounts and the civil cover sheet changes were adopted in rules approved by the Supreme Court.

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