Bellwether Trials

The first bellwether trial in the 3M MDL will begin on Monday, March 29, 2021 before Judge M. Casey Rodgers in Courtroom 5.  This is a consolidated trial involving the following cases:  Estes (7:20cv137); Hacker (7:20cv131); and Keefer (7:20cv104).
 
There will not be a live audio or video public connection to the trial proceedings.  However, the courthouse is open to the public, and should Courtroom 5 reach capacity, there will be an overflow viewing room with a live audio/video feed, beginning on Tuesday March 30, 2021.  There will be no live audio/video feed on Monday. Audio and video recording of the proceedings at any time is strictly PROHIBITED.
 
Certified transcripts will be prepared each day of trial.  If you would like to purchase official copies, please contact Ms. Donna Boland at Donna_Boland@flnd.uscourts.gov
 
All visitors to the courthouse are required to wear masks.

Judiciary Addresses Cybersecurity Breach: Extra Safeguards to Protect Sensitive Court Records

After the recent disclosure of widespread cybersecurity breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, federal courts are immediately adding new security procedures to protect highly sensitive confidential documents filed with the courts.

“The federal Judiciary’s foremost concern must be the integrity of and public trust in the operation and administration of its courts,” James C. Duff, Secretary of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Judiciary’s national policy-making body, said in a January 6, 2021, communication to the courts.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last Updated 01/11/2021

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.

Per Administrative Order, to protect the health and safety of all occupants, all persons who enter any courthouse within the Northern District of Florida are required to practice social distancing measures and to wear face masks or other face coverings that cover the person's nose and mouth while in any public or common area within the facility. 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.  Those individuals with a medical condition that precludes them from wearing a face mask and children under the age of two (2) are exempt from the requirement to wear face masks in common or public areas.

Staff in the Clerk’s Office are directed to telework and are available by telephone or email.

Naturalization Ceremonies Suspended

All naturalization ceremonies in the Northern District of Florida are suspended through February 28th, 2021. Questions regarding naturalization should be directed to USCIS at 800-375-5283.

Courthouse Contact Information

Use the links below to find contact information for District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Probation, and other agencies in each courthouse location.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 4:19cv00224-RH-MJF - Sher’mon A. Allen v. Sergeant Eric Powell et al.

This is notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono service either individually or by overseeing work of a law student or other qualified individual, including, for example, a retired attorney. 
The case is Sher’mon A. Allen v. Sergeant Eric Powell et al., No. 4:19cv224-RH-MJF. A jury trial will be set in Tallahassee at a date acceptable to both sides. The trial will probably last two or three days.
See the attached order for complete details.
 

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case No. 3:18cv441-TKW-MAF

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a case ready to be set for jury trial in Pensacola. The case is Saintlot v. Whitehaed, et al., Case No. 3:18cv441-TKW-MAF.
 
Plaintiff, an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, currently incarcerated at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution (SCRI) in Milton, Florida, seeks relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against

Hastings, Wasserman Schultz, FLA Delegation Members Announce Nomination Screening Conferences for Judicial, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal Vacancies

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) U.S. Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Florida’s Congressional Democrats today announced the formation of three screening conferences to assist Florida Congressional leaders in evaluating and recommending candidates for vacant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and federal judgeship positions in the Sunshine State. The recommendations from this process will be submitted to the White House and Florida’s Senators.
 

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case No. 4:19cv220-RH-HTC

This is notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono service either individually or by overseeing work of a law student or other qualified individual, including, for example, a retired attorney.

The case is Lavonte Gordon v. Captain Knox et al., Case No. 4:19cv220-RH-HTC. A jury trial will be set in Tallahassee at a date acceptable to both sides. The trial will probably last two or three days.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case No. 4:18-cv-546-TKW/MJF

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Martinez v. Linton, Case No. 4:18-cv-546-TKW/MJF.

Plaintiff, an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, alleges that six Defendants violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case No. 3:20cv5591/MCR/EMT

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Baez v. Daniels, et al., Case No. 3:20cv5591/MCR/EMT.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 4:16-cv-214-MW-CAS

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a case set for jury trial in June 2021 in Tallahassee. The case is Furman v. Cherry, et. al., Case No. 4:16cv214-MW/CAS.

Court Locations

  • (352) 380-2400

    United States Courthouse
    401 SE First Ave.
    Gainesville, FL 32601

  • (850) 691-0770

     

    Closed Until Further Notice

     

  • (850) 435-8440

    U.S. Courthouse
    One North Palafox St.
    Pensacola, FL 32502
     
  • (850) 521-3501

    United States Courthouse
    111 N. Adams St.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32301