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COVID-19 Information and Update

  • COVID-19 Information and Updates
A Letter From The Chief Judge

We understand that this is a challenging and difficult time. We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to address the impact the Coronavirus has on our community. Chief Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. recently penned a letter to the community: Letter from the Chief Judge

Latest Administrative Order Governing Trial Court Proceedings

Chief Judge Myers entered an administrative order (AO) governing trial court proceedings in Orange and Osceola counties. The AO is accessible below and addresses jury trials, emergency matters, and many other issues:  AO 2020-07-01 Temporary Order Governing Trial Court Proceedings 

Statewide Emergency Orders

In response to a statewide emergency, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court issues emergency orders establishing guidelines on how the courts will continue to dispense justice while addressing the emergent issues at hand. Here is a list of emergency orders Chief Justice Charles Canady has issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

Ninth Circuit Court Operations Policies

Event Postponements - All group tours and all court related-events (large group meetings, workshops, CLE sessions, luncheons, award ceremonies, competitions, etc.) have been canceled through the month of April. Our 4-night educational outreach program – Inside the Courts – has been postponed with the hopes of rescheduling later this year.

Jury Trial Suspensions - Jury trials have been suspended through April 17. Prospective jurors who were summoned between March 16 and April 17 have completed their service and may not be summoned again for at least 12 months from their last reporting date.

Limited Courthouse Access - In an ongoing effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community, beginning tomorrow morning, March 17, 2020 through at least the end of business April 17, 2020 – the Ninth Judicial Circuit will permit only the following persons to access all state courthouses in Orange and Osceola counties:

  • Persons seeking injunctions for protection
  • Persons permitted, with advance notice, by the Chief Judge and/or presiding judge

Many court proceedings will be heard by remote electronic means. Others will be postponed or canceled. The following have been canceled:

  • All proceedings at the outlying courthouses – Apopka, Ocoee and Winter Park
  • All criminal and civil traffic infractions at the Orange and Osceola County courthouses
  • All child support enforcement hearings before an enforcement hearing officer

Please contact the judicial assistant of the presiding judge for additional details.

Updated General Policies Across Divisions
Safety Precautions

We are taking every precaution to minimize risk and protect your health while still providing essential services to our community. Increased sanitation measures have been enacted and cleaning crews are regularly sanitizing high contact surfaces throughout all courthouses.

Ongoing Updates

For up-to-the-minute updates, please follow us on our social media platforms – @NinthCircuitFL.