The Honorable Jaimie Goodman
Division:
Family Division "FX" / Probate "IY"

Judicial Assistant:
Maria Vasil

Phone:
(561) 330-1785

Room:
2W-170

Courtroom Number: 
5

South County Courthouse
200 W Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

 

Divisional Instructions


 

Family Divison"FX" - All agreed orders, proposed orders and judgments, and all courtesy copies of motions and notices for Uniform Motion Calendar, specal set hearings, memorandums, and case authority may be submitted to: 

CAD-DivisionFX@pbcgov.org

Probate and Guardianship Division "IY" - Only proposed orders based on the Court's oral ruling after hearing or for setting special set hearings, agreed orders, proposed judgments, all courtesy copies of motions and notices for all hearings, and memorandums, and case authority may be submitted to: 

CAD-DivisionIY@pbcgov.org

Courtesy copies of motions, memoranda of law, and case authority may be sent by e-mail; however, the Court will not accept documents that are more than ten (10) pages. If memoranda and/or case authority exceed said pages, you shall submit them to the Court via U.S. priority mail.  All cases and legal authorities must be tabbed with pertinent sections highlighted.

All opposing counsel and all parties must be copied to all email correspondence.

All orders must include an  e-mail and mailing address for each party for service.  An extra copy of the proposed order must be provided with self-addressed stamped envelopes for each party to be served.

FAMILY DIVISION FX - Uniform Motion Calendar ("UMC")

  • Tuesday through Thursday 8:45 a.m. in Courtroom 5
  • UMC hearings are non-evidentiary and are limited to 10 minutes (5 minutes per side)
  • Hearing dates are coordinated and agreed among counsel and pro se parties
  • Notice must be made at least 5 business days to opposing counsel or pro se litigants (unless short notice is agreed by all parties).
  • All counsel including coverage counsel must make a good faith attempt to resolve issues by talking with opposing counsel in person or by telephone in a genuine effort to narrow or resolve the motion/matter before seeking a hearing.
  • All Notices of Hearing shall set forth directly above the signature block the exact certifications as required by Local Rule No. 4.
  • Prior to the scheduled hearing, please send a courtesy copy of the Notice of Hearing and Motion for each case to CAD-DivisionFX@pbcgov.org.  Judge Goodman will review all motions scheduled prior to each hearing separately.  Pro Se Litigants may choose to provide courtesy copies of their UMC motions and notices ether by U.S. mail by email if unable to access email service.
  • Moving parties should bring a copy of the Motion and Notice of Hearing to the UMC, along with a blank proposed order including all email and mailing addresses to be served. 

Uncontested Final Hearings in Dissolution, Paternity, Name Change, and Temporary Custody may be heard.  No contested evidentiary hearings which include default final hearings.

If you resolve your motion prior to the hearing date, please contact the judicial assistant immediately and provide a courtesy copy of your Notice of Cancellation to CAD-DivisionFX@pbcgov.org.

FAMILY DIVISION FX - Special Set Hearings (effective April 17, 2017)

All special set hearing requests shall be emailed to CAD-DivisionFX@pbcgov.org not by telephone.

All email requests must use the subject line: REQUEST FOR SPECIAL SET HEARING (Division FX) and include the case number, the title of the motion(s) to be heard, the docket number and/or the date the motion(s) was filed, and the amount of time needed for the hearing.  Do not attach copies of motions or reference in excess of ten (10) pages.

All email requests must indicate whether the matter is evidentiary or non-evidentiary and whether the matter is pre-judgment or post-judgment.  Please note that parties with post-judgment matters will be directed to complete an Order of Referral to General Magistrate pursuant to Administrative Order 5.104. Only after an Order Sustaining [an] Objection is docketed in the court file and a copy is attached to your request, will the matter be considered for hearing on Judge Goodman's calendar.  Also, parties requesting temporary relief hearings will be required to conclude mediation in advance of the hearing, and must include a copy of the Mediation Report with his/her request.  Temporary Relief Hearings are limited to 30 minutes unless permission is otherwise granted.  See Administrative Order 5.207.

All email requests must include the day(s) of the week and month(s) that counsel have agreed to have the matter(s) heard, the time needed and whether morning or afternoon is preferred, and the name and contact information of the Requestor (including email address and telephone number). The Court will reply with at least three available dates for consideration.

All email requests must include confirmation that counsel has conferred in person or by telephone to discuss the scheduling of the motion, the time needed, and to attempt to narrow or resolve the issues prior to submitting his/her request for hearing.  All counsel and parties must be copied to all requests for special set hearings.

See sample template for email special set hearing requests (Family Division FX) for guidance.

UNCONTESTED DISSOLUTIONS OF MARRIAGE

  • Can be heard at Uniform Motion Calendar
  • Must complete Testimony at Final Hearing and Final Disposition Form
  • Must confirm Notice required by Fla.Fam.L.R.P. 12440 and Fla. Stat. 61.19
  • Must bring Proof of Residency and must be brought by Fla Stat. 61.052(2)
  • Must verify that all necessary documents are filed in the court file (Fla. Stat.61.052(7), (8); 61.21(4); Fla. Fam. L.R.P. 12.285(d)(J)
  • Must bring proposed Final Judgment listing all email and mailing addresses for each party being served along with self-addressed stamped envelopes and sufficient copies for each
  • Must bring Income Withholding Order, if necessary

If involving a settlement agreement, a copy of such agreement to be presented to the Court refecting both parties' signatures and notarization along with the docket number reflecting the filing of the marital settlement agreement with the Clerk of Court.

If involving minor children or parental responsibility, a Certificate of Attendance from the parties to be presented to the Court showing completion of a Parent Education Course approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families along with the docket number reflecting the filing of same with the Clerk of Court.

See Administrative Order 5.212.  See Also www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childwelfare/stabilization/

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARINGS

  • Domestic Violence matters are NOT set on the Uniform Motion Calendar
  • All motions shall be filed with the Clerk in the Domestic Violence Division
  • Motions are forwarded to the Judge for review
  • Hearings cannot be cancelled or changed

If you have questions regarding Domestic Violence, please contact the Domestic Violence Division at (561) 274-1541 or (561) 274-1591.

PROBATE AND GUARDIANSHIP DIVISION IY - Ex Parte/ Uniform Motion Calendar ("UMC")

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:45 a.m. in Courtroom 5 (standard UMC)
  • (Ex Parte Calendar is limited to only Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 a.m.)
  • UMC hearings are non-evidentiary and are limited to 10 minutes (5 minutes per side)
  • Hearing dates are coordinated and agreed among counsel and pro se parties
  • Notice must be made at least 5 business days to opposing counsel or to pro se litigants (unless short notice is agreed by all parties or is ex parte). 
  • All counsel including coverage counsel must make a good faith attempt to resolve the motion/ matter by talking with opposing counsel in person or by telephone in a genuine effort to narrow or resolve the issues before seeking a hearing.
  • All Notices of Hearing shall set forth directly above the signature block the exact certifications as required by Local Rule No. 4.
  • Prior to the scheduled hearing, please send a courtesy copy of the Notice of Hearing to CAD-DivisionIY@pbcgov.orgPro Se litigants may choose to provide courtesy copies of their notices and motions via U.S.priority mail if unable to access email service.
  • Moving parties should be prepared to bring a copy of the Notice of Hearing, the underlying motion, along with a blank order including all email and mailing addresses of persons to be served.

All files must be ordered for Ex Parte hearings, and must be ordered online prior to the hearing.  See www.15thcircuit.com for online instructions.  See also South County Probate Division Ex Parte Calendar Online Form.

If your file is not with the Ex Parte Clerk on the date of the hearing, you will have two options:

1.  Return on the next Ex Parte court day; or

2.  Leave your paperwork with the Ex Parte Clerk together with your self-addressed stamped envelopes (if you need conformed copies), and your file will be processed together with motions via U.S. Mail.

ALL WAIVERS, CONSENTS, RENUNCIATIONS, AND RECEIPTS OF ASSETS MUST BE NOTARIZED

NO FILES WILL BE PULLED THE MORNING OF THE EX PARTE CALENDAR

Matters brought before the Court must be noticed 5 business days prior to the hearing for in-state residence and 10 business days for out-of-state residence.  The Notice of Hearing must be e-filed and a courtesy copy must be sent to CAD-DivisionIY@pbcgov.org.  If the matter is resolved prior to the hearing date, please contact the judicial assistant immediately, and provide a courtesy copy of your Notice of Cancellation to CAD-DivisionIY@pbcgov.org.

The following motions WILL NOT be heard on Uniform Motion Calendar nor on Ex Parte*:

  • Petition for Attorney, Guardian or Personal Representative Fees
  • Petition to Approve Minor's Settlement
  • Petition for Appointment of Guardian
  • Personal Representative or Guardian Discharge (mail-in only)
  • Appointment of Emergency Temporary Guardian
  • Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration
  • Modification of Trust or Trust Complaints (heard only on Wednesdays)*
  • All Evidentiary Hearings

If you resolve your motion prior to the schedued hearing date, please contact the judicia assistant immediately, and provide a courtesy copy of your Notice of Cancellation to CAD-DivisionIY@pbcgov.org.

PROBATE AND GUARDIANSHIP DIVISION IY - Special Set Hearings

Special Set Hearings are scheduled with the judicial assistant at 561-330-1785, and are set (to calendar) by direction of the case management team and by Court Order. 

Only one block of time (15 minutes or 30 minutes) per day for each case may be reserved

Any request for hearing time that exceeds 30 minutes must be done in writing, and submitted by email.

Motions must be filed and docketed with the Clerk BEFORE obtaining hearing dates and before setting the hearing

The person requesting the hearing must coordinate and confirm availability with opposing counsel and/or pro se party.

ALL SPECIAL SET HEARINGS (applicable to both Divisions FX and IY)

All Special Set Hearings are set by court order and not by Notice alone. Do not notice a special set hearing until the date and time has been agreed among all parties, the date and time is confirmed with the judicial assistant, and an Order Specially Setting Hearing has been fulfilled.

All Special Set Hearing times are available for 15-minutes or 30-minutes

Any hearing that requires one (1) hour or more will require the person to submit a written request to the Division email address with the amount of time requested, the list of motions to be heard with file dates, and copies of same.  Upon consideration and review, Judge Goodman will determine whether the additional time is needed, and act accordingly.

PRIOR TO SETTING A SPECIAL SET HEARING, the Movant's counsel must make a good faith attempt to resolve the motion/matter by talking with opposing counsel in person or by telephone in a genuine effort to narrow or resolve the issues before seeking a hearing.

Upon confirming the date and time of the hearing with the judicial assistant, the person shall immediatey prepare an Order Special Setting Hearing and submit it to the Court by email to the Division email address or U.S. mail to the Court.  All Special Set Hearings are set by Court Order and cannot be cancelled except by further Court Order, unless the matter is resolved or settled (with an agreed order presented to the Court in advance of the hearing) or withdrawn (with a Notice of Withdrawal presented to the Court in advance of the hearing). 

If the hearing is evidentiary or if a party is appearing by telephone, such must be noted on the face of the Order Special Setting Hearing.

Proposed Orders Special Setting Hearing shall include a cover letter with the case number, case style, and confirmed date for hearing. 

Proposed Orders Special Setting Hearing must include exact certifications as required by Local Rule No. 4, and the Movant's counsel must mark the specific certifications that apply therein.

All motions, memoranda of law (either in support or in opposition to the motion), and case authority must be delivered to the Court no later than seven (7) days in advance of the hearing.  All cases and legal authorities must be tabbed with pertinent sections highlighted.  All exhibits must be clearly marked before the hearing is set to begin.  Courtesy copies of motions, memoranda of law, and case authority may be sent by e-mail; however, the Court will not accept documents that exceed ten (10) pages. If memoranda and/or case authority exceed ten (10) pages, such shall be submitted to the Court via U.S. priority mail.

Proposed Orders Special Setting Hearing may be submitted by email if all counsel and parties are copied to the email, and all counsel and parties have registered with the Court's online system for "judicial e-service".  If all parties are not registered with the Court's online system, you must provide self-addressed stamped envelopes for each of the non-registered parties to be served. Proposed Orders submitted by email must be in Microsoft Word format.

Special Set Hearing Requests may be made via email to the Division email address; however, will ONLY be considered when all counsel and all parties are copied to the request with the following information in the body/content of the email: case number, case style, title of motion/s, file date of motion/s or docket number, amount of time needed for hearing; and name and telephone number of Attorney and/or Moving Party.

TELEPHONE APPEARANCES

Appearance by telephone is permitted only at UMC hearings using CourtCall.  CourtCall.com is the service provider used for purposes of scheduling and appearing at a non-evidentiary hearing via telephone.

To set a telephone appearance for a hearing that is set on the Court's Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC), please go to CourtCall.com and/or call 1-888-882-6878 and follow instructions.  No motion or Order for telephone appearance is required for hearings scheduled on Uniform Motion Calendar; however, all counsel and parties must be aware of the person appearing via telephone and must advise Judge Goodman at the start of the hearing.

Telephone Appearances during Special Set Hearings must be pre-approved by the Court.  Please call the judicial assistant at (561) 330-1785 for further instructions.

If you plan on appearing by telephone, you must make arrangements at least 24-48 business hours prior to the scheduled hearing and/or immediately upon receiving notice or Order on same.

If you plan on giving testimony, you must be prepared to have a notary present with you to confirm your identification and/or to swear you in.  A witness may only testify in strict compliance with Fla.R.Jud.Admin. 2.530 and Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.451(b).

TEMPORARY RELIEF HEARINGS

  • Mediation must completed BEFORE setting the hearing.  See Administrative Order 5.207
  • Hearings are limited to 30 minutes, unless permission is granted by the Court following a UMC hearing.  When obtaining dates from the judicial assistant, please be prepared to provide the docket number and file date for the Mediation Report.
  • Once set, please follow instructions for Special Set Hearings (above)

EMERGENCY MOTIONS should be filed with the Clerk and be identified in the title of the motion and by selecting the "Emergency Filing Box" when e-filing with the Clerk. The Clerk will forward the motion to the Judge for immediate review and with directive to determine whether the matter is an emergency.  Upon receipt, Judge Goodman will determine whether an emergency truly exists, and if so, will set a hearing, will enter an ex parte order, or will take action as deemed appropriate.  See Administrative Order 5.203

POST JUDGMENT MATTERS

All post judgment matters (including modifications, motions for contempt and/or enforcement of final judgment) are referred to the Magistrate, determined by last initial/name of male litigant:

  • Magistrate Peter Bassaline:  A-K  =  Hearing Room C
  • Magistrate Sara Alijewicz:        L-Z   =  Hearing Rom D

For post-judgment non-child support matters, an Order of Referral to General Magistrate must be prepared pursuant to Florida Family Law of Procedure 12.490 and shall list the assigned magistrate by name.  The hearing room number must also be reflected under the case number and division. 

For matters in which only child support or child-related expenses are being requested, an Order of Referral to General Magistrate is not necessary since the matter will be heard pursuant to Rule 12.491.  Please reference Administrative Order 5.104 for any updated procedures.

An Order of Referral to Magistrate should be prepared by counsel or pro se party and sent to the Judge. 

Proposed Orders of Referral to General Magistrate must be submitted to the Court along with sufficient copies and self-addressed stamped envelopes for parties who are not registered for "judicial e-service". 

  • All Orders of Referral to General Magistrate must reflect the proper hearing room number (and/or letter if applicable) under the case number and division. 
  • All Orders of Referral to General Magistrate must reflect the full name of the General Magistrate. 

Each motion/petition must be referred to the General Magistrate by a separate Order of Referral to General Magistrate.

Attorney or pro se party may file an objection to the referral.

Attorney or pro se party may set the hearing only AFTER an Order Sustaining Objection is filed/docketed.  Upon setting, the Attorney or pro se party shall submit a courtesy copy of the notice with a copy of the pleading and Order Sustaining the Objection to the Judge. 

All child support matters are heard by MagistrateDo not prepare an Order of Referral to Magistrate UNTIL you read Administrative Order 5.104  See Also Fla. R. Fam. P. 12.490 and Fla.R.Fam.P. 12.491.

ADOPTIONS AND NAME CHANGES

All adoption and name change statutory requirement must be met before a final hearing will be set

All TPR or Final Hearing requests shall be made in writing to Judge Goodman, and will be set once all requirements have been set

All adoption and name changes are reviewed in advance of all hearings, and not set until released for hearing. The Court will then contact counsel and parties to provide available dates. A status order may be issued to the parties; however, if you have questions regarding your adoption case, please send an email to southcountyadoptions@pbcgov.org

NOTICE/ MOTION TO SET CAUSE FOR TRIAL

  • Notices/ Motions to Set Cause for Trial must be filed with the Clerk of Court  See Administratve Order 5.209
  • Courtesy copies must be sent to the Judge with self-addressed stamped envelopes for all parties, and please include a cover letter with your current notices of unavailability for all parties of record upon submission
  • Notices must include specific motion or petition/ counter petition to be tried and must estimate the time necessary for trial.  DO NOT notice your case for trial unless all sides agree that the case is "trial ready"
  • A mandatory Case Management Conference will be set for cases requesting more than two (2) days for trial, and all counsel and parties will be required to attend in person.  The case will be set for trial at the case management conference and all counsel and parties will be expected to provide any dates of unavailability at the conference.
  • In cases where one side is represented by an attorney and the other side is pro se, the notice shall contain the email address for the attorney and the physical street address for the pro se party along with a self-addressed stamped envelope stapled to the Notice of Trial for the pro se (and unregistered) parties to be served
  • Mediation must be completed before trial
  • Motions for Continuance (for trial) require a hearing on Uniform Motion Calendar.  Continuances will only be granted in cases of emergency as determined by Judge Goodman in advance of the trial date
  • Any party seeking to exclude expert testimony under Daubert analysis pursuant to Fla. Stat.90.702 shall file a motion with the Court specifically identifying the basis for the Daubert challenge. All Daubert motions and all pretrial motions shall be scheduled and heard prior to the commencement of trial.

PREPARATION OF JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS

All orders must have some portion of the text of the Order included on the signature page. Proposed orders may be returned if they do not comply with this requirement  See Administrative Order 5.204

Pages should be numbered, and all documents should have one-inch margins on all sides and complete email and mailing addresses of all parties should be included for service

Proposed Final Judgments and/or Orders should be submitted within two (2) days following a hearing unless otherwise instructed by the Court Proposed orders shall include a cover letter specifying the date of the hearing.

NOTICES OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS, SUBSTITUTION/ WITHDRAWAL OF COUNSEL AND DESIGNATION OF ATTORNEY OF RECORD

Counsel and/or parties must include specific language contained in Administrative Order 2.311 2/13  when submitting related proposed Orders to the Court for signature. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

last updated: 08/07/2017