The Fifth Judicial Circuit (Citrus, Lake, Marion, Sumter, and Hernando) has released Amended Administrative Order 2020-12-C Regarding Court Closure Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, continuing the court closure through Friday, April 17,2020. Only the following hearings will be conducted during the closure:
First Appearance Hearings
Baker Act Hearings
Marchman Act Hearings
Emergency Guardianship Hearings
Initial Domestic Violence Injuction Hearings
Risk Protection Order Hearings
Juvenile Detention Hearings
Criminal Arraignments as necessary
Hearings on petitions for extraordinary writs as necessary to protect constitutional rights
And any matter that is determined to be related to the immediate and imminent health, welfare and safety of an individual or the general public.
In addition to essential proceedings, all circuit and county courts shall perform, as necessary and applicable, critical proceedings related to the state of emergency or the public health emergency, including but not limited to proceedings related to: violation of quarantine or isolation; violation of orders to limit travel; violation of orders to close public or private buildings; and enforcement of curfew orders.
All hearings are to be conducted via electronic communication to the maximum extent feasible.