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Scheduling Guidelines

            Any litigant or attorney representing a party may request that a Civil, Probate, Small Claims or Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage hearing be set by contacting the Court's Judicial Assistant, Tiffany Marie Troutt, Email Tiffany.Troutt@flcourts18.org, Tel. (321) 617-7284.  

            A request for hearing time may be made by telephone but should be confirmed by email.  The request for hearing time should include your name, the name of your client, the case number, your telephone number and your scheduling request.  

            Before making your request, please consult the Calendar page, confer with any opposing counsel or party, and read the following guidelines for scheduling hearings.  

            Scheduling a hearing may involve efiling and eservice of documents.   Access to the efiling portal and the procedure for efiling is set forth at Florida Eportal Procedure.

Scheduling Expedited Probate Hearings

            Certain probate hearings may be scheduled on an expedited basis.  Upon filing the motion, an expedited hearing may be requested by directing an email to the Judicial Assistant attaching a completed Expedited Probate Hearing Request Form.

            Absent an emergency, these hearings are required to be scheduled at least 15 days in advance.  The number of expedited hearings that may be scheduled weekly is limited and expedited probate hearing time may be found on the Calendar.  Counsel should contact the Judicial Assistant by telephone to confirm the reservation of expedited hearing time.  Counsel shall attend any expedited probate hearing in person, absent personal appearance being excused by the Court in advance of the hearing.

            Additional information may be found on the Probate and Guardianship page of the Clerk of Courtís website. 

Scheduling Civil Hearings

            As indicated on the Calendar page, proceedings in civil cases may be scheduled during periods designated "Non-Jury Trial," "Motion Hearing," "Landlord-Tenant," "Small Claims - Pretrial Conference," "Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage," and "Civil Proceedings."  Hearing time may be reserved and the hearing scheduled in accordance with the Scheduling Guidelines above.

           

 Scheduling Mediation

            Parties attending a Small Claims Pretrial Conference may utilize the mediation services provided by the Brevard County Mediation Program at that proceeding. Parties to a County Civil case who qualify for participation in the Mediation Program may request the services of a program mediator by filing a motion with the Clerk, scheduling the motion for hearing with the Judicial Assistant, and providing due notice to the opposing party.  Clicking on Mediation Instructions will produce a Word document with guidelines for participation in mediation.  Inquiries regarding the Mediation Program may be directed to Linda Mesnard at Linda.Mesnard@flcourts18.org.

Scheduling Telephone Appearance - Small Claims Pretrial Conference

            A party or counsel requesting to appear by telephone at a Small Claims Pretrial Conference may complete and submit through the Eportal this proposed Order for Telephone Appearance - Small Claims Pretrial Conference.   Any party or counsel appearing by telephone shall timely complete, file and serve this Notice of Telephone Appearance - Small Claims Pretrial Conference. 

           A party or counsel appearing at a Small Claims Pretrial Conference by telephone shall be available to be contacted by the Court or mediator at the number indicated on the Notice of Telephone Appearance and shall remain available a period of three (3) hours thereafter.

Scheduling Telephone Appearance - Civil Hearing

            A party or counsel requesting to appear by telephone at a hearing in a Civil Case hearing may complete and submit through the Eportal this proposed Order for Telephone Appearance - Civil Hearing.   Any party or counsel appearing by telephone shall timely complete, file and serve this Notice of Telephone Appearance - Civil Hearing. 

           A party or counsel appearing at a hearing in a Civil Case by telephone shall be available to be contacted by the Court at the number indicated on the Notice of Telephone Appearance and shall remain available a period of two (2) hours thereafter.

Scheduling Criminal Hearings

            Hearings in criminal cases may be scheduled, as appropriate, during periods designated "Criminal Proceedings", "Arraignments", "Non-Jury Trials", "Jury Trials" and "Violation of Probation Hearings".  In order to ensure that the Court has received a Notice of Appearance and Waiver of Arraignment from counsel waiving their client's appearance at Arraignment and Second Appearance, counsel may email a copy to the Court's Judicial Assistant.

Docket Sounding Appearance

            If granted leave by the Court, appearance by counsel at docket sounding for criminal cases may be made by completing and efiling the following Notice of Docket Sounding Appearance. Eservice shall be made upon the Office of the State Attorney and to the Judicial Assistant.  

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