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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.  

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.

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