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DIVISION 07 BUSINESS COURT

17th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
COMPLEX BUSINESS AND TORT - Division (07)
Procedures
All hearings and trials are in courtroom 970
The Court’s Judicial Assistant is Mercedes,
& the Court’s Deputy is Wes
Judge Tuter serves as the Division (07) Judge
& also serves as the Administrative Judge of Circuit Civil

Please go to: www.17th.flcourts.org to utilize the Court’s on-Line scheduling of motion calendar and submission of agreed orders. The Court accepts agreed orders on-line and not via US mail.

Motion Calendar – All motion calendar hearings are scheduled on Wednesday mornings at 8:45 a.m. Hearings are limited to (5) minutes. A courtesy copy of all motions set on motion calendar should be e-mailed to the Court via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Special Set Hearings – All requests for special set hearings shall be in writing and emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Counsel for the moving party shall confer with all counsel and appraise the court how much time is requested for the hearing. The request for hearing time shall take into consideration permitting all counsel to have adequate time for argument. The moving party shall send a letter setting forth the amount of time requested and accompany the request with a copy of any pleadings/motions regarding the hearing. Once the hearing has been scheduled, a courtesy copy of all pleadings including the notice of hearing shall be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Phone Appearances – Phone appearances are always permitted without need for leave of court or motion. However, the party requesting to appear by phone shall notify the court via email prior to the hearing at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A direct contact number shall be provided to the court. In the event multiple parties wish to appear by phone, it will be counsel’s responsibility to coordinate setting up a conference call and providing the phone number and access code to the court. The Court will initiate the call from the bench. Be advised --- courtroom telephonic communications have limitations!

Agreed Orders - All Agreed Orders shall be submitted/uploaded through the 17th Judicial Circuit – E-Order System. Please note ONLY agreed orders are permitted via this website. Please DO NOT submit cover letters, or pleadings as it may result in the order being rejected. All originals of all pleadings should be e filed with the Clerk of Court.

Administrative Matters -In an effort to offer litigants with pending jury trials greater access to the courts, litigants with pending cases in the circuit civil division may place cases on the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Ready for Trial Docket. The Ready for Trial Docket will afford litigants and their counsel the opportunity to place any circuit civil case to be tried by a jury on a trial docket. The case may or may not be under a current trial order but, the parties through their counsel shall stipulate the case meets all criteria to be placed on the Ready for Trial Docket.


17th Judicial Circuit Court announces pilot program for Admission of Electronic Exhibits - This is a voluntary pilot program for Division (07). The parties may stipulate to the acceptance of electronic trial exhibits by the Court for inclusion in the court record. Acceptance of electronic evidence comports with the Florida Supreme Court’s orders establishing electronic filing of pleadings; provides an efficient way for a party to catalogue and introduce their evidence at trial; increases speed in which the record on appeal can be perfected; reduces or eliminates the workload on the clerk of court to scan thousands of pages of “paper” trial exhibits; eliminates the possibility of lost, misfiled or misplaced trial exhibits; reduces or eliminates the need for the clerk of court to store and warehouse thousands of pages of exhibits for years; and provides for an effective way to judicially manage and preserve all trial exhibits.


Case Management - All cases in Division (07) require a case management order setting out discovery schedules and witness disclosure dates. Counsel of record may agree to a Case Management Order regarding discovery dates and submit same through the 17th Judicial Circuit – E-Order System. If the parties cannot agree to disclosure dates either party may set the matter on motion calendar for resolution by the Court.

Trial Orders – The parties are to schedule a Status Conference on motion calendar for the Court to place a case on a trial docket. The Court requires substantial compliance with the Case Management Order or substantial completion of discovery before a case will receive a trial date. Cases are set for trial on quarterly dockets.

Court’s Quarterly Trial Docket - Although cases may be set for trial on the Court's quarterly trial docket, cases will not be given a trial date until substantial compliance with the Case Management Order or completion of substantial discovery has been completed. Transfers from other Divisions, ready for trial under a current trial order, do not require a Case Management Order if the case is ready for trial.

Transfer to Complex Division 07 – All newly transferred cases to Division (07) from other civil divisions should set a status conference within (30) days of the transfer order. Status conferences should be set on the Court’s Wednesday motion calendar. All requests for transfers from other divisions must meet prerequisites of the Administrative Order governing transfer of cases to the Complex Division. All requests to transfer a case into a complex division must be set on the Court’s Wednesday motion calendar.

Any case requesting transfer to the complex division must be placed on the court's motion calendar docket by the court's judicial assistant. Please email the court at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the style of the case, a notice of hearing setting forth which date the matter is to be heard and a copy of the motion to transfer. The court will place the matter on the transfer docket and confirm with all counsel.

If all counsel are in agreement as to the matter being transferred to the complex division, no hearing is necessary. Simply submit the motion to the court, and if the court finds the matter meets criteria, the case will be reassigned accordingly.


Emergency Hearings - Shall comply with the 17th Judicial Circuit’s definition of an Emergency, be in writing, and submitted to the Court. In the event the Court is not in session such requests should be submitted to Court Administration.


Telephone Hearings - The Court, or its’ judicial assistant may conduct telephonic hearings Monday through Friday on short notice, to alleviate the necessity of counsel appearing in person. The moving party shall be responsible for establishing conference calls with all counsel of record for telephonic hearings.

PLEASE do not call to inquire whether the Judge has signed a particular order or received a hand delivery. All approved electronic agreed orders are transmitted instantaneously via email when approved by the Court. We appreciate your cooperation.

2015 TRIAL DOCKET SCHEDULE

CALENDAR CALL @ 8:45 A.M.

COURTROOM 970

QTS

CALENDAR CALL

TRIAL WK DOCKET

1ST

December 19, 2014

JANUARY 12 - MARCH 27

2ND

March 11, 2015

MARCH 30 - JUNE 12

3RD

May 27, 2015

JUNE 15 - SEPTEMBER 4

4TH

August 19, 2015

SEPTEMBER 7 - DECEMBER 18

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