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Important Things to Know About Miami Dade Courts Shifting to a Virtual Hearing System

| May 14, 2020 | Criminal Defense Lawyer, Legal Tips, Post Conviction Relief |

While the world is seemingly turned upside down due to the coronavirus outbreak, Miami Dade’s Court System has had to quickly transition into a safer environment while still maintaining its necessary proceedings and observing best practices.

Based on guidelines set into place by the Florida Supreme Court and public health and government officials, Miami Dade Courts have had limited accessed for in-person hearings, as courthouses tend to be packed with people on any given day in spaces that don’t always allow for proper social distancing. Fortunately, technology has made it so that pressing matters can be heard remotely via telephone and/or video conferencing on platforms such as Zoom.

A recent update from the Florida Clerk of Courts

According to a recent update from the Florida Clerks of courts, “during the global health emergency caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the primary focus of Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers is public safety. Florida’s Court Clerks & Comptrollers are closely monitoring the fast-changing situation. Get the latest information here.

In accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-91 and Supreme Court Justice Canady’s Administrative Order, Clerks’ services are limited to essential items, and staff are working remotely when possible. In-person services are limited. Please contact your Clerk of Court to determine how to access services for your county.”

Cases involving trials with a jury

Those who are waiting to serve any pending jury duty dates or those who are waiting to go to trial where a jury is set to be present, will not be scheduled until after July 2nd as the Florida Supreme Court has issued a series of Administrative Orders outlining guidelines within the state court system as it confronts the novel coronavirus, which currently suspend all jury trials in Florida’s Court System through July 2, 2020.

If you or someone you know are currently waiting to go to trial in the state of Florida, or more specifically in Miami Dade county and are in need of some guidance, consider getting the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such help is exactly what you need to help you get through this uncertain time. Russell Spatz has decades of experience in several legal fields including DUI, white collar crimes, domestic violence, probation violations, drug crimes, family law, and more. Contact him today at (305) 442-0200.

References:

Florida Clerks COVID-19 Page, www.flclerks.com/page/covid-19.

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