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In a memorandum regarding courthouse operations in the Third Judicial Circuit, Chief Judge Mark Feagle gave an update on the courthouse proceedings moving forward through the coronavirus threat.

It stated that with a few exceptions, the Third Judicial Circuit is open and functioning under normal operating conditions.

However, we are being extremely vigilant considering the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis and are closely monitoring local, national and global developments. The court is also closely monitoring state and local responses to COVID-19 and is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community while performing our constitutional duties. Our staff are in constant contact with the other circuits and our government partners to ensure continued access to the courts. It is our goal to deep the courts operating efficiently while taking appropriate measures to preserve the health of court participants as well as our court staff and judges.

Additionally, the court is working with county facilities to implement more frequent cleaning of all “high contact” surfaces in the court, such as the collection containers used at the security checkpoints, tables, doorknobs, public bathrooms, elevators and other high-traffic areas. The court is also working with county facilities to ensure the availability of hand sanitizer to members of the public throughout the courthouses.

The public is advised that Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Canady has suspended all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings and jury trials beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, for a period of two weeks.

The court is also requesting your assistance in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please do not come to any of the courthouses unless you have been summoned or you have court related business to tend to or if you:

* Are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath),

*Have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19,

* Have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency.

If you have other business at the court, such as filing papers, retrieving court records, paying fines, or accessing forms, much of this business may be conducted online. Please visit your respective Clerk of Court’s website for more information.

Any future changes or updates to the court’s operating schedule will be posted on our website and communicated as appropriate.