Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID-19 All OJCC Mediations Temporarily Telephonic

The Florida Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order 20-13. The Courts are encouraging remote access appearances, suspending deadlines, etc. I have attached it for your convenience. This is directed at the Courts, not the OJCC (an Executive agency). It is, however, informative and the Court's logic and reasoning are appreciated. 

The Commissioner of Education Friday ordered Florida schools closed for two weeks. That will be a burden/stress on many. 

Judge Langham has directed all state mediators to conduct mediations telephonically through March 27, 2020 April 12, 2020 (amended March 25, 2020). The situation will be reassessed daily in the interim, and further communication will be forthcoming.

The conduct of hearings, appearances for hearings specifically, remain in the discretion of the assigned judge. If a party wishes accomodation (telephonic appearance) or continuance, the appropriate course is to seek relief from the judge, Rule 60Q6.115. 

Your patience is both acknowledged and appreciated. 


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