Gilchrist County Procedures


  • All orders shall have a 2" x 3.5" blank space on the first page of the order in the upper right-hand corner. An example of an order with this space requirement can be found here.
  • Proposed orders should not be efiled with the Clerk.  When all parties can be e-served copies of orders, the proposed order and cover letter should be emailed to the judicial assistant.  If submitted by e-mail, the proposed order should be submitted in Word Format.  If there are parties who have not consented to use e-mail service, the proposed order, together with a cover letter, copies for conforming and stamped addressed envelopes should be mailed or hand delivered to the judicial assistant who will provide copies by email to those parties that have consented and by U.S. Mail for those that have not.  Orders will not be entered until the motion has been docketed and imaged by the Clerk.
  • All proposed orders should include specific e-mail addresses (as opposed to “counsel of record”) at the bottom if copies are to be provided by e-mail service. 

Status Conferences/Non-Evidentiary Hearings:

  • Judge Brasington does not require a written motion / order for telephonic appearance at status conferences or non-evidentiary hearings.  Any party who wishes to appear telephonically must confirm approval to do so with her judicial assistant at least 10 days prior to the hearing, and must notify all other parties and offer to include them in a conference call to the Court.  If multiple parties will be appearing telephonically the party who first seeks telephone appearance must coordinate the conference call unless otherwise agreed.  If your office prepares a notice of hearing, it must include language noting who will appear telephonically and who will arrange the conference call, if applicable.
  • Parties appearing by telephone must initiate the call to the Court at the time of the scheduled hearing.  If more than one party is appearing by telephone, the Court should be contacted last at the scheduled time after all parties are on the line.
  • Judge Brasington will only consider written motions for a witness to appear telephonically, and all parties must consent in writing, as per Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.530(d)(1).

Case Management Conferences:

  • Requests to appear by phone at case management conferences should only be made after the written compliance statement has been timely efiled as required by the Case Management Order.  The last page of the Case Management Order contains instructions for telephonic appearance.

Emergency Motions:

  • A copy of any “Emergency” motion efiled with the Clerk of Court and served upon opposing counsel should be provided to the Judge’s office for review.  If the Court determines that a hearing should be granted, the judicial assistant will advise the moving party of an expedited date and time for the hearing.


  • The judge's scheduling calendars are not available online.  Hearing dates and times are provided by the JA, either by phone or by e-mail request.  When scheduling by email, the final email confirming a coordinated hearing date and time should include the case number, style of the case, the motion or motions being set, the attorneys and the amount of time being reserved.  Email communications to coordinate hearings should only be between the attorneys’ offices and should not include the judicial assistant.  Once a date has been agreed upon, an email should be sent to the judicial assistant confirming the date is still available on the Court’s calendar.  Our office does not hold suggested dates for hearings and a hearing is not scheduled on the Court’s calendar unless you receive confirmation from our office/judicial assistant.  A courtesy copy of the notice of hearing should be emailed to the judicial assistant.

Motions to Compel:

  • Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.380 requires the movant to provide a certificate of good faith with all discovery motions. More specifically, prior to scheduling any hearings on discovery motions, including, but not limited to, motions to compel, motions for protective orders, motions for sanctions, motions for extensions of time, etc., counsel for the moving party shall confer with counsel for the opposing party and thereafter file with the Clerk of the Court, contemporaneously with the discovery motion, a statement certifying that counsel has personally conferred with opposing counsel in a good faith effort to resolve by agreement the issues raised, without court intervention, and that counsel have been unable to do so.
  • If you are unable to resolve this issue after you have personally conferred, by telephone, with opposing counsel and filed a certification of good faith, then our office will be happy to provide you with hearing dates. Our office is unable to provide you with any hearing dates on your Motion if your Motion does not contain (or you have not filed separately) a certification of good faith as required by the rules.