Michael Frank


Hon. Michael Frank

United States District Court
One North Palafox St.
Pensacola, Florida 32502

Main Number:  850-437-6824

Courtroom Deputy
Kristin Cowdell
(850) 691-0764


Federal Judicial Service
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida


  1. Unless otherwise stated in a notice setting a hearing, telephonic or remote appearances are allowed only with prior approval from Judge Frank.
  2. Unless otherwise ordered or requested, proposed orders are not required.
  3. Unrepresented parties and counsel seeking to utilize any courtroom technology for purposes of a hearing or trial should contract the Courtroom Deputy to test the equipment prior to the scheduled hearing or trial.
  4. All proceedings before Judge Frank are recorded by the Court’s audio recording system. Additionally, a court reporter will be provided for bond hearings and change of plea hearings when a court reporter is available. For all other hearings, including civil hearings, parties wishing to have the presence of a court reporter must retain one.
  5. In advance of the hearing, parties may submit a courtesy copy of any authority relied upon by delivering a binder to the Court, with the applicable authority (highlighted to the pertinent sections), and a cover letter, copied to all counsel.
  6. Generally, other than for changes of plea and unless requested otherwise by Judge Frank, attorneys are free to stay at counsel’s table while addressing the Court but may also stand at the lectern. Counsel should in all circumstances stand while addressing the Court.
  7. If exhibits are to be presented during a hearing or trial, the Court requires a courtesy copy.
  8. To set a hearing on a matter referred to Judge Frank, the parties must file a motion that includes at least three dates and times.
  9. All requests for a new hearing date after a notice of hearing has been posted must be made through a motion to continue.
  10. Parties are expected to comply with their meet and confer obligations and in most circumstances a failure to do so will result in a denial of the pertinent motion.