The Honorable David E French
Circuit Civil "AJ"

Judicial Assistant:
 Kelli-Renee Williams

(561) 355-7570

Courtroom Number:

Main Judicial Complex
205 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


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Prior to setting a matter on the motion calendar, the party or attorney noticing the motion shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve.  See  amended Local Rule 4.

E-SERVICE  Circuit Civil Division AJ participates in the Court's online/eservice program in "judicial eservice" (optional electronic mailing of orders from Court to Counsel/Registered Parties).  If any counsel and/or party are not registered with the Court's online system, counsel shall provide self-addressed stamped envelopes for these parties to be served.  See Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.  See Also Administrative Order 2.310.

Division AJ is currently e-serving Orders to attorneys/parties who have registered their primary and secondary email addresses with the 15th Judicial Circuit.  You can ensure your registration for judicial eservice at 

E-FILING  Please note that efiling is the electronic filing of documents with the office of the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach CountySee Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.515.  For more information on efiling, please call (561) 355-2986 or reference

Designation of Record Newspaper  Effective October 1, 2015, in accordance with Florida Statute § 50.0711(2), the designated Record Newspaper for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida will be The Palm Beach Post.  See  Administrative Order 2.104-8/15 or view the stamp template for filing.

The Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller's Office automatically records certain documents in the Official Records, including the following documents. Documents that do not comply with the above rules may be returned, and shall be resubmitted upon request:
Final Judgment of Foreclosure
Final Judgment
Default Final Judgment
Notice of Appeal
Notice of Cross Appeal
Notice of Non-Final Appeal
Amended Notice of Appeal
Order of Dismissal


Motions that are filed in residential mortgage foreclosure cases shall be set for hearing on the Court's Uniform Motion Calendar ("UMC") on a MONDAY or THURSDAY, and shall be heard on a first come-first served basis and in accordance with Circuit Civil Division AJ instructions. 

UMC Hearings are held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday - Thursday (on a calendar that concludes at 9:30 a.m.), and are set among counsel and in accordance with local rules and procedures.  When a UMC hearing is set, the Moving Party shall send a courtesy copy of the Motion and Notice of Hearing at least 48 business hours prior to the hearing by mail and shall submit all other materials via regular mail no later than five (5) days prior to the hearing.  If the matter is resolved or the UMC hearing is cancelled prior to its schedule, please send a copy of the Notice of Cancellation to to advise the Court immediately.  Opposing counsel and all parties shall be copied to all email transmissions to the Court. 

Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Hearings MAY NOT be scheduled/set on the Court's Online Calendar until further notice.  Scheduling of Special Set Hearings shall be proposed during UMC Calendar.  Counsel shall provide the amount of time needed for hearing and at least three (3) available dates and times that counsel has agreed to have the matter heard. Upon scheduling a Special Set Hearing with the Court, counsel shall submit a courtesy copy of the Motion to be heard along with a proposed Order Specially Setting Hearing attaching a complete service list and providing self-addressed stamped envelopes for any counsel and/or parties who have opted out and/or who are not registered with the Court's online service.  


Division AJ uses online scheduling for 15-minute and 30-minute Special Set Motions.  Special Set Motions are scheduled via online scheduling (with 15-minute increments), and are set by Notice of Hearing.  Please efile your Notice to the Clerk and mail a copy with the attached Motion to the Judge. pple 

  Proposed Orders, including Agreed Orders, Ex Parte Orders, and Orders Specially Setting Hearing may be mailed or delivered to the Court.  Please list all email addresses of all counsel and all parties on all proposed orders and include a cover letter referencing the date of the hearing and whether opposing counsel has reviewed and approved of the form of the proposed order.  If any of the parties listed on the service list have opted out and/or have not registered with the Court's online system, counsel shall submit these documents via priority mail along with self-addressed stamped envelopes for all parties to be served. 











last updated: 01/17/2017