Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last Updated 5/8/2020

In consideration of the serious health crisis facing the nation and the State of Florida from COVID-19 and in an effort to maintain the orderly administration of justice, the Court has determined that it is necessary and in the interest of public safety and justice, to take proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of litigants, counsel, Court staff, grand jurors, petit jurors, witnesses, and the public through the following measures.

A complete list of the measures taken can be found in the Administrative Order issued on May 7th, 2020.  Announcements regarding COVID-19 can be found below.

Public Notice - Courthouses Closed to the Public

Per Administrative Order of May 7th, 2020, all Court locations in the Northern District of Florida remain closed to the public, with the exception of those who are required to attend Court hearings, trials, or other matters before the Court requiring in-person attendance. To protect the health and safety of all occupants, those who are required to attend in-person hearings, trials, or other necessary matters before the Court, are required to practice social distancing measures. Visitors may not congregate in public lobbies and must maintain at least a six-foot distance from others while inside or waiting to enter or exit courthouses. Public elevator use is restricted to a single adult passenger at a time.

Staff in the Clerk’s Office are directed to telework and are available by telephone or email, but the public intake counter will not be accessible to the public. Those without access to the Court’s electronic filing system must submit non-emergency filings by mail. If an individual needs to file an emergency filing in paper, filers must contact the Clerk’s Office to notify the Court and make arrangements to submit the filing.

Until further notice, all initial appearances, detention hearings, and arraignments in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida will be conducted via video teleconferencing. In-person hearings, when possible, have been converted to telephonic or video conference hearings.

Jury Trials

All jury trials in the Northern District of Florida that are scheduled to occur between May 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, are continued. The Court may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate.

Courthouse Contact Information

Per Administrative Order, all Court locations in the Northern District of Florida remain closed to the public.  Use the links below to find contact information for District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Probation, and other agencies in each courthouse location.


Civil Violations Bureau (CVB) Initial Appearances Rescheduled

Per Administrative Order of May 7th, 2020, all Central Violations Bureau (CVB) initial appearances scheduled for the Pensacola, Panama City and Gainesville Divisions on June 17, 2020, are rescheduled. All CVB initial appearances for the Pensacola Division will be held at 8:30 a.m. on July 15, 2020, CVB initial appearances for the Panama City Division will be held at 1:30 p.m. on July 15, 2020, and CVB initial appearances for the Gainesville Division will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 26, 2020.

Naturalization Ceremonies Cancelled

All naturalization ceremonies in the Northern District of Florida are suspended through June 30, 2020. Questions regarding naturalization should be directed to USCIS at 800-375-5283.

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:18cv76

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a trial and all matters leading up to trial in Gerrard D’Andre Jones v. Torrey M. Johnson, et al., No. 4:18-cv-76-GRJ (N.D. Fla.). Plaintiff is an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. Plaintiffs’ First Amendment and Eighth Amendment claims, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, are described in detail in the February 25, 2020, report and recommendation denying Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. ECF No. 106.
 

Press Release - Judge Martin A Fitzpatrick

The Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida are pleased to announce that Martin A. Fitzpatrick has been selected to join our district as a full-time magistrate judge in the Tallahassee Division of the Court. Judge Fitzpatrick will begin his service with our Court on April 3, 2020.  For more information, read the full press release here.

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:19cv97

This is a notice of an opportuniy to provide pro bono representation in the case of Thomas Ray Hayes v. Mark S. Inch, et al., case no. 4:19cv97-MW-CAS.
 
Plantiff is prisoner in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. He alleges that he was diagnosed with the Hepatitis C Virus, but has been denied appropriate medical care in violation the Eighth Amendment. Further detail is provided in the amended complaint, ECF No.102.
 

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 3:19cv5051/MCR/EMT

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Majors v. Clemmons, Case No. 3:19cv5051/MCR/EMT.

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:18cv284

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Sluder v. Amatucci, Case No. 4:18-cv-284-RH/MJF.

Plaintiff is a prisoner in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections alleging Eighth Amendment violations against five Defendants.

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 3:19cv126

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Parker v. Esper, Case No. 3:19cv126-MCR-HTC.

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 4:18cv207

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a prisoner civil rights action. The case is David T. Curry v. Secretary Mark S. Inch, Dr. Luis Lopez, and Dr. Simone Vilchez, case no. 4:18cv207-RH/CAS. Plaintiff’s civil rights complaint alleges the denial of timely and appropriate medical care for the Hepatitis-C Virus. Further detail is provided in the second amended complaint, ECF No. 23, the Report and Recommendation, ECF No. 63, and Order adopting the Report and Recommendation, ECF No. 69.

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