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Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Issues an Emergency Order Suspending Jury Trials in Florida and Extending Other State Legal Deadlines Through the End of May Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Florida’s Chief Justice Canady issued an emergency order April 6 suspending jury trials in Florida and extending other state legal deadlines through the end of May due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The April 6 order combines provisions of several previous administrative orders into a single document. It emphasizes the need for courts to continue applying social distancing...


Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Issues New Statewide COVID-19 Emergency Order Extending Speedy Trial Deadlines in Traffic Infraction Cases

Florida’s Chief Justice issued a new administrative order on March 30 suspending speedy trial deadlines in noncriminal traffic infraction cases. Under the new order, speedy trial deadlines for traffic fractions will be suspended at least through April 20, 2020, subject to further extensions that may be needed by the public health emergency. However, Florida judges also are allowed to conduct...


Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Emergency Procedures in Relation to Visitation for Children Under the Protective Supervision of The Department of Children and Families

Florida’s Chief Justice issued a new administrative order on March 27 imposing health-related limitations on court-ordered child and family visitation through April 17 for children under the protective supervision of the Department of Children and Families. The order can be found at floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/632718/7189517/AOSC20-18.pdf.  


Self-Help Center Closed to Walk-In Visitors

The Self-Help Center is temporarily closed to walk-in visitors until further notice out of an abundance of caution in response to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Self-Help services are still available, and we encourage you to call 352-548-3781 or email our Self-Help staff at selfhelp@circuit8.org with further procedural questions.


Judge Moseley to be Chief Judge

We are pleased to announce that the Honorable Mark W. Moseley has been unanimously elected to serve as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit following Judge Nilon’s retirement at the end of this year. Judge Moseley, who has served on the circuit bench since 2005 and has been the Administrative Judge for Circuit Criminal since 2014, will complete...



The Court recognizes that jury service may impose a hardship on citizens.  Every effort is made to ensure that each juror has a positive experience.  The Judges of the Eighth Judicial Circuit thank you in advance for your service, and we hope that you find your jury service to be an interesting and positive experience.


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