The Honorable Frank S Castor
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County Civil "RF", "WD"
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Main Judicial Complex
205 N Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
DIVISIONAL INSTRUCTIONS –DIV. RF
PLEASE NOTE: Use of the online scheduling system requires a user ID and password. This can be obtained by going to https://e-services.co.palm-beach.fl.us/scheduling and clicking on "Register a New User" to create an account.
DIVISION RF is not participating in any e-courtesy proposed order uploads at this time. If all parties in a case have e-mail addresses where they can receive a copy of an Order, please submit those proposed Orders to CAD-DivisionRF@pbcgov.org for signature. If not, please send by US Mail along with self-addressed stamped envelopes.
UNIFORM MOTION CALENDAR ONLINE SCHEDULING
UMC hearings are heard each Friday at 8:45 a.m. (unless otherwise suspended), and are set on the Online Scheduling System at www.15thcircuit.com. Permission of the Court is not required to set hearings consisting of ten (10) minutes or less on the UMC. Five (5) business days notice must be given to the opposing party, unless otherwise agreed. The Motion and Notice of Hearing must be filed with the Clerk's Office, with language which includes a certificate that a good faith effort has been made to resolve the issue prior to setting the hearing, and a copy of the Notice of Hearing and Motion should be UPLOADED using the prompts. Phone appearances are not allowed at UMC.
To cancel a hearing scheduled for UMC, login to www.15thcircuit.com Online Scheduling System, select "Uniform Motion Calendar Scheduling" then select "Cancel Hearing" and follow the directions on the screen. Please so not contact the Judge's Assistant to schedule or cancel a UMC hearing.
SPECIAL SET HEARING ONLINE SCHEDULING
Special Set Hearings are set using the Online Scheduling System at www.15thcircuit.com. Hearing times are available in 15 and 30 minute increments. (If you require more than a 30 minute hearing or you are requesting a Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs hearing, please contact the Judicial Assistant at CAD-DivisionRF@pbcgov.org.) Prior to setting a special set hearing, you must first file your Motion with the Clerk's Office and then coordinate the hearing date and time with ALL parties. Once that has been done, go online and secure the date agreed upon. Do a Notice of Hearing to set the hearing. A courtesy copy of your Motion and Notice should be provided to the Judge at least five (5) days prior to the hearing. In order to Cancel a Special Set Hearing, a Notice of Cancellation must be filed with the Clerk and a copy e-mailed to the Judge's Office (see e-mail address at the top of the page). FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE COURT OF A CANCELLATION WILL RESULT IN THE MOTION NOT BEING RESET.
Eviction cases are heard on Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. These cases are set by the Court after a review of any motions sent to the Court, or when the Court decides there is a need for Mediation. Mediators will be available at no charge to the parties for Residential Mediations and $60.00 per side for Commercial Mediations.
Final Hearings on Eviction cases will normally be heard after Mediation, but may be specially set on another date.
SMALL CLAIMS PRETRIALS
Pretrial Hearings for Small Claims cases are set every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. All Small Claims cases must go to Mediation. If not resolved, the case will be set for trial. Mediators are provided for free.
STIPULATIONS AND AGREED ORDERS
Stipulations to Invoke the Civil Rules and Waivers of Pretrial Hearing do not need to be ratified by an Agreed Order in PIP cases or Water Remediation cases. All other such stipulations must be approved by the Court in Small Claims cases. Extensions of Time do not need to be ratified by the Court.
Trials are set by the Judicial Assistant upon request. A pretrial order will be sent to both parties requiring mediation. Jury Trials will be set for a Calendar Call/Case Management Conference.diation. Jury Trials will be set for a Calendar Call/Case Management Conference.
last updated: 10/11/2017