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 4:16-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.

Availability of Bankruptcy Judgeships in the Middle District of Florida at Orlando and Jacksonville

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida. The Court is seeking applications for two positions, one in Orlando* and one in Jacksonville. The basic jurisdiction of a bankruptcy judge is specified in Title 28, United States Code and explained in Title 11, United States Code, as well as in 98 Stat. 344, Pub. L. 98 353, Title I, §120.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must ‒

Reappointment of Bankruptcy Administrator J. Thomas Corbett, Northern District of Alabama

The current five-year term of J. Thomas Corbett, United States Bankruptcy Administrator for the Northern District of Alabama, expires 4 December 2021. As authorized under the Regulations of the Judicial Conference of the United States Governing the Bankruptcy Administrator Program, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is considering whether Mr. Corbett should be reappointed to a new five-year term.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 4:19-cv-210-RH-HTC

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a case ready for dispositive motions in Pensacola. The case is Lee v. Centurion of Florida, LLC, et al., Case No. 4:19cv210-RH-HTC.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 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.

Information for Emergency Filings

For emergencies or to provide after-hours notice of an emergency filing, as required by Local Rule 7.1(L), please use the phone numbers listed below to contact the on-duty deputy clerk for the division serving your area.

Tallahassee Division

 (850) 521-3501, Select Option 8

Gainesville Division

(352) 380-2400, Select Option 8

Pensacola Division

(850) 435-8440, Select Option 8

Panama City Division

(850) 435-8440, Select Option 8

Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 3:15cv396-MCR-HTC

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 Gordon v. Carter, et al., Case No. 3:15cv396-MCR-HTC.

Pro Bono Opportunity in case 5:19cv408

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of McGhee v. Warden, Case No. 5:19-cv-408-TKW/MJF.

Plaintiff is a prisoner in the custody of the Bureau of Prison alleging that eight Defendants violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Court Locations

  • (352) 380-2400

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

  • (850) 691-0770

     

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  • (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