Magistrate Wilkov, Dependency Procedures

Dependency

  1. As the Florida Legislature has determined that time is of the essence in dependency cases and has required the courts to give priority to dependency cases over all but capital and speedy trial cases, registry attorneys are expected to give priority in scheduling to their dependency cases, and are expected to resolve calendar conflicts in favor of their dependency cases.
  2. Registry attorneys throughout the Eighth Circuit are expected to be available for the regular dependency docket days in each county in which they accept appointment.
  3. Registry attorneys for dependency cases in Alachua County are expected to be available on Thursday for the regular dependency docket.  Additionally, registry attorneys are expected to be available on Tuesdays and Fridays as necessary for special dockets and adjudicatory hearings.
  4. Registry attorneys for dependency cases in Alachua County are required to be available on a rotating basis to represent parents during shelter hearings as needed.  Shelter hearings are normally conducted at 11:30 AM in courtroom 3D of the Alachua County Family and Civil Justice Center.  A Master Calendar will be maintained by my judicial assistant and each attorney on the registry will be assigned to certain days, on a rotating basis.  It is the responsibility of the assigned attorney to contact the Department of Children and Family Services (Ms. Maureen Sheehan-Carney - (352) 955-6288) by 9:30 AM on each of their assigned dates to determine if a shelter hearing is scheduled to take place and if their services will be needed.  Appearance at the shelter hearing does not guarantee appointment to represent the parent.  If the parent qualifies for court appointed counsel through the registry, the case will be assigned in accordance with the registry list.
  5. Registry attorneys for dependency cases in Alachua County are required to register for electronic access to dependency court files through the Alachua Clerk of the Court's LINDAS system.  Registry attorneys for dependency cases in the regional counties will be required to register for electronic access to dependency court files through the Clerk of the Court's system as soon as such access is available in the regional counties.
  6. Service of orders in Alachua County dependency cases, including shelter orders, will be by notification that the orders are available for review on the Clerk of the Court's LINDAS system.
  7. In order to promote efficiency and economy, documents served on attorneys in dependency cases throughout the Eighth Circuit will be served via electronic mail, and participation as a dependency registry conflict attorney shall be deemed consent to service via electronic mail.
  8. The Eighth Circuit is a model for the state in the use of Family Team Conferences in dependency cases, and conflict attorneys on the dependency registry are expected to encourage their clients to participate in Family Team Conferences scheduled throughout their cases, absent compelling circumstances, which must then be explained to the court.