COVID-19 Information

March 27, 2020 – 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.

Under the new order, child and family visitation under circuit court orders entered under chapter 39 of the Florida Statutes will be conducted by video or other electronic means unless all parties agree that in-person visitation does not pose a health threat. 


March 26, 2020 – Emergency Court Calendar for the Period of March 30 – April 17 can be Found at

Consistent with Administrative Order 11.25, the Eighth Circuit Emergency Court Calendar for the period of March 30 – April 17, can be found at

Please note, this calendar does not include individual hearings conducted entirely remotely as allowed by the Administrative Order, or Alachua County Domestic Violence Hearings, which will continue to be held on Thursdays beginning at 8:30 am in the Family and Civil Justice Center, Courtroom 3C.


March 26, 2020 – *Important* – AO 11.25

Chief Judge James P. Nilon has entered Administrative Order 11.25, Revised Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID-19) Emergency Procedures


March 25, 2020 – The Court Reporting Department in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union Counties is Temporarily Closed to Walk-in Visitors

The Court Reporting Department in all counties is temporarily closed to walk-in visitors in response to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

To order a written transcript or CD, please visit the Ordering Transcripts section of our website, or call 352-384-3080 for assistance.


March 25, 2020 – *Important* – AO 11.24

Chief Judge James P. Nilon has entered Administrative Order 11.24, COVID-19 – Weekend Jail Sentence Suspension



March 24, 2020 – Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice has Directed the Extension of Emergency Measures

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice has directed the extension of emergency measures, including the suspension of jury trials, through April 17. Information will soon be available regarding changes in Eighth Circuit procedures beginning March 30. 



March 23, 2020 – Self Represented Litigants Urged to Sign Up on Florida Courts e-Filing Portal

The Eighth Judicial Circuit encourages all self-represented litigants to register with the Florida Courts e-Filing Portal, a free service that allows parties to file documents and pleadings online, as well as receive electronic communications from the courts about their cases.

Registration is available at:  

The e-Filing Portal User Manual includes instructions for self-represented litigants. 

Online training is available at:

For additional help, please visit the e-Filing help page


March 20, 2020 – Florida Supreme Court Suspends Deadlines in Lawyer Regulation Cases During COVID-19 Crisis

The Florida Supreme Court orders suspension of deadlines contained in Florida Bar regulations governing the state’s legal profession during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 


March 19, 2020 – Emergency Orders Extended for at Least 3 Weeks

Per the Florida Supreme Court, all emergency orders previously issued will be extended for at least another three weeks.

To meet growing forecasts of the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court plans to release new emergency orders over the next days to further extend legal deadlines and to make other changes to court rules needed to meet the crisis.


March 18, 2020 – *Important* – AO 11.23

Chief Judge James P. Nilon has entered Administrative Order 11.23 – Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID-19) Emergency Procedures


March 17, 2020 – Depositions in Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union County Courthouses are Canceled

Please be advised that Chief Judge James P. Nilon has directed that all depositions scheduled to take place in the Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, or Union County courthouses are canceled through March 27, 2020.


March 16, 2020 – Emergency Directive #1

Pursuant to the authority granted by the Florida Supreme Court in AOSC20-13, Chief Judge Nilon has issued the following directives for the Eighth Judicial Circuit effective on March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm and continuing through March 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm:

  1. All jury selection, jury trials, and grand jury proceedings are suspended.
  2. All county and circuit criminal court events are suspended, with the exception of first appearances, bond reduction hearings, in custody Change of Plea in which the release from incarceration of the Defendant is expected, and matters which the court determines to be urgent upon motion of a party.
  3. All hearings in the family, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, county civil, circuit civil, probate, guardianship, mental health, and civil traffic divisions shall be conducted by electronic means or shall be continued, with the exception of juvenile detention hearings, shelter hearings, Domestic Violence Injunction hearings, and matters which the court determines to be urgent upon motion of a party.


March 16, 2020 – 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 with further procedural questions.


March 13, 2020 – Juror Excusal

Amid the COVID-19 threat, the Courts of the 8th Circuit are advising citizens summonsed for jury duty who are ill to go to the Juror tab above, go to Jury Excusal, select your county of residence and follow the instructions for summonsed jurors who are experiencing symptoms of sickness. Those excused will be recalled for jury duty within the next 90 days.


March 13, 2020 – Summonsed Jurors

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the Courts have called off jurors for Monday, March 16, 2020, and Monday, March 23, 2020. Summonsed jurors SHOULD NOT report.

At this time, all courthouses will continue to remain open.

Any changes in normal court operations will be posted on our website as well as @8CircuitFlorida.

The Florida Court Emergency Management Group will post regular updates at