The 17th Judicial Circuit Court Announces Acceptance and Service of Electronic Agreed Orders and Court Documents Pursuant to Rule 2.516 (Please see training information at the end)

(Thank you to Michelle Ridge and Belinda Martinez for making sure we had this information to share)

 The Civil, Probate, Family, and County Court (Civil) Divisions of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court announce the implementation of a pilot program requiring registered users of the on line scheduling system to electronically transmit agreed orders to the Court pursuant to Rule 2.516. The pilot program is mandatory and is being implemented pursuant to Rule 2.516 and an Administrative Order of the 17th Judicial Circuit.

Users of the on line scheduling system will transmit certain agreed orders. After submission of the order, the division judge will approve or disapprove the order. If approved all persons with registered email addresses for that case will receive a return email with the approved order. NO conformed order will be returned via regular mail. The receiving party shall be responsible for preserving a copy of the email order.

After initial testing the program will be available to other divisions who utilize the on line scheduling system.

Effective Monday, December 3, 2012 the following divisions will participate in a pilot program and accept electronically transmitted agreed orders.

Circuit Civil Division            (19)      Judge Jack Tuter

Circuit Civil Division            (12)      Judge Michael Gates

Circuit Civil Division            (25)      Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips

Circuit Civil Division            (11)     Judges Judge William Haury       

(Foreclosure Divisions)                     Judge Joel Lazarus

Circuit Probate Division       (60)      Judge Mel Grossman

Circuit Probate Division       (62)      Judge Mel Mark Speiser

Circuit Family Division         (35)      Judge Arthur Birken

Circuit Family Division         (36)      Judge Renee Goldenberg

County Court Division         (55)      Judge Sharon Zeller

County Court Division         (53)      Judge Robert Lee

Registered users of the on line self scheduling system will find a separate category to schedule hearings and submit electronic agreed orders. The sender MUST certify the submitted order is agreed by selecting a specific category.

It shall be the responsibility of all parties submitting any order to provide up to date and accurate email addresses for all persons on the service list. At the initial log in and before submission of an agreed order/judgment all parties shall designate a primary email address and up to two secondary email addresses for receipt of an order.

All provisions of Rule 2.516 apply. Self represented parties may serve designation of a primary email address and may designate no more than two secondary email addresses for receipt of an order. If a party not represented by an attorney does not designate an email address for service, service of orders on that party shall be by Rule 2.516 (b) (2).

All notice and time provisions of the Rules of Procedure and 17th Judicial Circuit local rules and administrative orders apply. Rules requiring all sides to confer and agree prior to submission of any agreed order are unchanged.   

At present the following agreed orders or judgments will be accepted:

                                    AGREED ORDER/ HEARING NOT REQUIRED

This order is agreed by all parties without the necessity of a hearing:

  • o            Agreed order
  • o            Final Order of Dismissal of the Case as to all Parties
  • o            Final Order of Dismissal as to One or More Parties but not a Final Order of Dismissal of the Case
  • o            Agreed Final Judgment
  • o            Agreed Trial Order
  • o            Agreed Case Management Order
  • o            Agreed Stipulation for Substitution of Counsel

ORDER/ AFTER HEARING

This order reflects the court’s ruling at a previous hearing and the language is agreed to by all parties

  • o    Order; Language reflects Court’s ruling at a previous hearing and language is agreed to by all parties (Order must contain the date of hearing and type of motion)

DISCOVERY ORDER 

This order requires a motion in conformity with appropriate rules of procedure and the motion was served on all parties and filed of record with the Clerk of the Court. Pursuant to Local Rule 10A (circuit court) or Local Rule 11 (county court), the motion to compel alleges a complete failure to respond to or object to discovery and there has been no request for an extension of time

  • o    Local Rule (10A) or (11) order

By choosing a category and certifying the order is submitted without opposition and is agreed, it will NOT be necessary to electronically transmit any correspondence or motion with the order. HOWEVER, all orders requiring a motion in conformity with the  Rules of Procedure must still be filed of record with the Clerk of Court. (all applications for orders require a written motion unless made during a hearing or at trial  Fla. R.Civ.P 1.100 (b).)

Utilization of this system will provide accurate and timely receipt of orders; substantially reduce postage costs as well as eliminate submission of envelopes and copies of orders via regular mail and begin the process of efiling of electronic orders.

Chief Judge Weinstein, Administrative Judges Tuter, Birken, Goldenberg, Grossman and Zeller wish to acknowledge and thank the Court’s JIS division for their hard work in helping to develop and implement a system for acceptance and transmission of electronic orders.

A Frequently Asked Question section will answer most all of the questions relating to electronic agreed orders. FAQ’s will be posted on all participating judges websites.

For help using the system please go to: http://www.17th.flcourts.org/eordersFAQ

If you have technical questions please send an e-mail to calendar@17th.flcourts.org

THERE WILL BE AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND PROGRAM DEMONSTRATION FOR SUBMITTING ELECTRONIC ORDERS IN THE JURY ROOM, ROOM 380 BROWARD COUNTY COURT HOUSE ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, AT NOON. ALL PERSONS INTERESTED WHO UTILIZE THE ON LINE SCHEDULING SYSTEM SHOULD ATTEND OR SEND A PARALEGAL, LEGAL SECRETARY OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVE

ELECTRONIC ORDERS – MEETING AND DEMONSTRATION FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF ELECTRONIC ORDERS IN 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, CIVIL, FAMILY, PROBATE AND COUNTY COURTS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2012 AT NOON at the  JURY ROOM 3RD FLOOR, ROOM 380,  BROWARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 201 SE 6TH STREET, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL