Yesterday, Miami-Dade County Courts announced that certain matters may now be heard remotely via telephone or video technology (virtually). The announcement came in light of the most recent Administrative Order issued by the Florida Supreme Court (No. AOSC20-23).
Courts are allowing virtual hearings for:
Per the Florida Supreme Court order, the following proceedings may now be conducted remotely (virtually):
❖ Status conferences
❖ Case management
❖ Pretrial conferences in all case types
❖ Non-evidentiary and evidentiary motion hearings
❖ Pleas in all county court misdemeanor cases
Miami-Dade County Courts are also hearing:
❖ Seal and Expunge matters
❖ Motions to Set Aside Bench Warrants
❖ Motions regarding past due court costs and collections
❖ Motions regarding license suspensions
❖ Other appropriate reports and motions
Any non-evidentiary and evidentiary criminal matters may be heard
virtually. These cases need to be scheduled with the presiding judge and
their staff. Click here for instructions on how to schedule your case.
What’s still being suspended/postponed?
All-time periods involving the speedy trial procedure in criminal and juvenile court proceedings remain suspended through Monday, July 6, 2020.
Bench trials in criminal matters scheduled between March 13, 2020, and June 30, 2020, shall be continued to a date not earlier than July 6, 2020, unless the bench trial is conducted virtually. Bench trials may only be conducted virtually if all parties agree.
Jury trials in criminal cases scheduled between March 13, 2020, and July 1, 2020, shall be continued to a date not earlier than July 6, 2020. At the present time, all jury trials are prohibited.
You can access the court docket and your case information online by entering your case number or the defendant’s name and date of birth into the Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice Online System. Here are the links:
Click here -> Criminal Traffic for cases.
Click here -> Misdemeanor Crimes for cases.
Click here–> for Rules of Court for Remote Access Courtroom.
Important websites we recommend monitoring:
- Miami-Dade County‘s webpage for Coronavirus updates;
- Miami Herald’s list of resources available to Miami-Dade residents;
- Monroe-County‘s webpage for Coronavirus updates;
- Broward County‘s webpage for Coronavirus updates;
- Florida Supreme Court’s COVID-19 information page;
- Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Court Announcements page;
- Southern District of Florida website; and
- Southern District of Florida-Bankruptcy Court webpage.
- Legal Lotus Covid-19 Resources page
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