FD Divisional Instructions

Important Message

ALL evidence/exhibits must be pre-marked and uploaded via the "E-Evidence" feature located in the OLS (Online Services).  Exhibits should no longer be emailed or mailed to the Judicial Assistant without her prior approval.

Coronavirus UPDATE

Please refer to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Website for the Court's latest updates regarding COVID-19.  The Chief Judge has issued Administrative Order No. 12.510, Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19.

During the duration of Administrative Order No. 12.510, only essential court proceedings are being held in-person.  All non-essential proceedings will be handled remotely via Zoom video unless litigants request otherwise.

All Agreed Orders and Proposed Orders shall be submitted through the OLS system.  All motions may be submitted through the Division CAD email, or as attachments to proposed orders in OLS. 

UPDATE for Uniform Motion Calendar and Uncontested Hearings:

All Uniform Motion Calendar hearings will be conducted via Zoom, including uncontested dissolution of marriage hearings, or any other hearing that can be handled remotely.  No one will be present in the courtroom. This rule applies to pro se litigants and court reporters as well as attorneys.  In addition, only hearings that have been scheduled on the Online Scheduling System will go forward. 

Zoom Meeting Information for UMC Docket Only

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Future notices of hearing must state that the hearing will be conducted via Zoom.   This information must be included in your notice of hearing.  When joining the Zoom meeting please join with a personal link name.   All counsel please instruct your clients on how to join with a personal link name .

Please upload your Notice of Hearing, Motion or Petition being heard and proposed Order to the Online Scheduling System at least 3 days in advance of the hearing.

For an uncontested divorce, please provide the Court with a copy of the testifying party's driver license in advance, which may be uploaded in the Online Services System (OLS) as an attachment to the proposed Final Judgment with a confidential notice.  Additionally, any Settlement Agreement and/or Parenting Plan should be uploaded as an attachment to the proposed Final Judgment.

Non-evidentiary Hearings:

The parties are encouraged to submit their motions, responses, affidavits, etc., to the Court that they mutually agree the Court may address based solely upon the papers, and thereby waive oral argument.  All such requests should be sent to CAD-DivisionFD@pbcgov.org.  Each side should prepare a proposed order to be submitted through the Online Services System (OLS) with notation that it is related to a disputed issue which the parties have agreed for the Court to review without a hearing.

Evidentiary Hearings:

The Court intends to handle evidentiary hearings by telephone or video whenever possible, however, this requires the highest level of professionalism and cooperation between opposing counsel and the parties.  No less than 72 hours prior to each hearing, the parties must exchange all proposed exhibits which they intend to reference during the hearing by email in .pdf format.  Each proposed exhibit must be pre-marked for identification to identify the exhibits numerically. 

The parties should stipulate to the admissibility of evidence for which the admissibility is not reasonably contested.  The parties shall provide copies of all intended exhibits, evidence or demonstratives to the Court no less than three (3) business days to CAD-DivisionFD@pbcgov.org.  Any evidence that exceeds 10 pages in total must be submitted via mail/delivery to the Court no less than five (5) business days.  

For All Hearings:

All pleadings upon which the parties intend to rely for their scheduled hearings must be filed with the Court in advance of the hearing.  If the papers do not appear on the docket, the parties must submit all documents which they intend to reference during the hearing five (5) business days prior via mail/delivery. 

Division FD Instructions

Division FD is now participating in Online Scheduling, E-filing, and E-mail Service. The following email addresses should be used for e-mail service to the Court: CAD-DivisionFD@pbcgov.org.

Division FD is now participating in Online Scheduling for UMC hearings. Click on the link Online Scheduling and follow the directions.

Effective immediately, Orders of Referral to General Magistrates are to be sent directly to the Magistrates for review.  Please review the Magistrates Webpage for the instructions on submitting proposed orders via OLS.

Online Services

Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC)

  • Tuesday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom 6C. Scheduling is between the attorneys and/or self-represented litigants. The hearings are not scheduled with the judicial assistant. Parties will be heard on a first come, first serve basis (please sign in with the courtroom deputy).
  • Generally, five (5) minutes is allotted for a matter on the UMC docket.
  • No contested evidentiary hearings (including default final hearings) will be heard during UMC.
  • Final hearings for adoption should not be set on the UMC calendar.  These matters will be special set for final hearing by the Court.  Please contact the Judicial Assistant to special set a hearing relating to adoption matters.
  • Uncontested final hearings in dissolution, paternity, and name change cases will be heard during UMC.
  • Matters should be set with five (5) business days’ notice to opposing counsel or pro se litigant (unless short notice agreed by parties).
  • Judge Johnson will review all motions scheduled for UMC prior to the hearing. Accordingly, prior to the scheduled hearing, please send a courtesy copy of the notice of hearing and motion for all UMC matters, to Judge Johnson’ divisional email, CAD-DivisionFD@pbcgov.org.
  • Counsel should also upload the Proposed Order for the Motion with all email addresses listed upon the Order one (1) day prior to the hearing.

If you resolve your motion prior to the hearing date, please contact the Judicial Assistant and advise as quickly as possible. You can call 561-355-2595 or email CAD-DivisionFD@pbcgov.org to notify the Court of your cancellation.

Proposed Orders

FD DIVISION CASES - All proposed orders shall be submitted to the 15th Judicial Circuit Online Services through the Online Services Page unless specified otherwise by the Court. 

How Does It Work?

To Submit an Order:

As an example, below are the steps to submit an Order for Estate Summary Administration:

  • Log into the 15th Circuit's OLS;
  • In OLS, create the appropriate order one of three ways:
    1. Click on the "Submit Order From Template" button;
      • Select the Generic Order template, and type in the text of your order; or
    2. If you have previously drafted the order in Word offline, cut and paste the order text into the body of the Generic Order template.
      • Follow the instructions on the screen and complete.
      • Click "Submit" to send the order to the judge.
    3. In OLS, click the "Submit Proposed Order" button; (do not upload to "Submit e-courtesy")
      • Browse your computer and select, then upload the order;
      • Review the document and make any format adjustments necessary prior to submission.
      • Follow the instructions on the screen to submit the order to the court.

To Submit a Digital Probate Checklist:

  • In OLS, click on the "Submit Order From Template" button;
  • Select the appropriate probate checklist from the dropdown menu.
  • Populate the checklist completely and accurately.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen and complete.
  • Click "Submit" to send the order to the judge.

We realize that the current paper process can cause delays in processing these orders, which impacts families at the worst time when they are dealing with the death of a loved one. Digital Checklists are intended to expedite the receiving, processing, filing and service of these orders.

For additional information on court provided digital training resources visit the Circuit's YouTube channel, CourtHelp4U.

You may also send an e-mail to CAD-WEB@pbcgov.org for assistance with uploading documents onto OLS.

Specially Set Hearings

Special Set Hearings that are scheduled via the OLS

If your hearing was set up via the OLS;, the Zoom information will be automatically set up in OLS. All special set hearings scheduled in OLS, will populate an Order Setting Hearing with zoom information automatically. The Order will be transferred to the Judge for review and signature. Please do not submit a separate Proposed Order or Notice of Hearing..   All counsel please instruct your clients on how to join with a personal link name .

Judge Johnson will review all Motions, Memoranda of Law and legal authority prior to all UMC and Special Set Hearings. Accordingly, please email courtesy copies of materials for UMC and Special Set Hearings (CAD-DivisionFD@pbcgov.org to the Court for review in advance of all hearings.  If Motion, Memoranda of Law and legal authority is more than 10 pages in total you will need to mail or drop off at Courthouse 5 days prior to hearing date.

  • Special Set Hearings of thirty minutes or less are scheduled online and the parties should not call the Judicial Assistant to special set hearings.
  • The hearing times are set in 15 or 30 minute increments. The parties should not set more than 30 minutes per case per day.
  • Counsel should bring to the hearing a proposed order granting/denying the motion.
  • Please do not call the judicial assistant if there are no available hearing dates or dates the parties cannot agree to. The Judicial Assistant monitors the online scheduling on a regular basis and will open dates as they become available. What is listed is what is available.
  • For special set hearings lasting more than 30 minutes, please submit a cover letter specifying the amount of time requested, a courtesy copy of the pleading, and any dates of unavailability. 

Local Rule 4

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

Service and Preparation of Judgments and Orders

  • FINAL JUDGMENTS and Orders will be e-served by the Court to all parties or mailed if there are self-represented litigants without e-service.
  • Administrative Order 5.204 requires that some portion of text of the Order be included on signature page.
  • All Final Judgments must have a 3X3 inch space on the top-right-hand corner for recording purposes. The Clerk will not docket or record the Final Judgment without this space.
  • Proposed Final Judgments should be submitted to OLS, in Word format or Rich Text Format within ten (10) days following the hearing unless otherwise orderedProposed Final Judgments should be submitted one (1) day prior to Final Hearing.
  • Proposed order should include a cover letter specifying the date of the hearing.

Self-Represented Parties (Pro Se)

If you are a self-represented pro se party (with no attorney), you must contact the Family Court Case Manager, Renee Ward, at 561-355-4656, for questions and guidance regarding your case.

To receive and serve court documents by email, please review Administrative Order 2.310 and complete and file a Notice of Designation of Email Address for E-Service.

Do Not Send Letters, Emails or Notes To The Court. The Court does not act on letters, notes or emails sent by either party. The Court acts on petitions or motions properly filed with the Clerk of the Court. File the appropriate petition or motion with the Clerk of the Court, send a copy to the opposing side and a courtesy copy to the Court in order for requests to be addressed by the Court. All documents emailed to the Court must state that they were emailed to the opposing side in the same email or they will be returned as ex parte communication.

Post Judgment and Child Support Matters

  • All post judgment and child support matters are to be referred or assigned to the General Magistrate.
  • Post judgment matters, other than those dealing with child support, require an Order of Referral to Magistrate.  The Order of Referral must include the date of filing, the specific Magistrate assigned, and the hearing room number of the Magistrate listed immediately above the style of the case.
  • Order of Referral to General Magistrates are to be sent directly to the Magistrates for review.   Please review the Magistrates Webpage for the instructions on submitting proposed Orders via OLS.
  • Please see Administrative Order 5.104 regarding Appointment of Magistrates Unified Family Court Cases.
  • Please visit the General Magistrates' page on the court's website for additional information regarding the Magistrates’ instructions, phone numbers and procedures.

Temporary Relief Hearings

  • Mediation ON THE TEMPORARY RELIEF SOUGHT (following the filing of the motion for temporary relief) must be held before a temporary relief hearing will be scheduled Administrative Order 5.207.
  • Following mediation, if parties are unable to reach an agreement, temporary relief hearings may be set via the Division FD online calendar.
  • Hearings are limited to a total of thirty (30) minutes. Administrative Order 5.207 unless permission granted by the Court.
  • Follow instructions for Special Set Hearings as set forth above.