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Please click here to read Chief Judge Ellen S. Masters’ Administrative Order 1-53.5: In-Re: COVID-19 Emergency Court Operations Procedures.

EFFECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND ORDER: First appearance hearings, felony and misdemeanor jail arraignments, hearings on motions to set or modify release conditions for individuals who are in jail in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties will be conducted using video equipment. The Office of the Court Administrator for the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court is tasked with providing the parties and/or their attorneys, as well as any other necessary court participant, with instructions regarding how to attend remotely by telephone. Additionally, hearings on Petitions for Temporary Injunctions for Protection shall be held telephonically.

Telephonic Docket Calendars, Call-in Information and Procedural Instructions related to the Domestic Violence, Felony Criminal and County Criminal/First Appearance telephonic dockets can be found here:

Tenth Judicial Circuit’s COVID-19 related Administrative Orders:

Please click here to read Chief Judge Masters' Press Release on Administraive Order 1-53.0.

Cancellations of 10th Circuit events due to COVID-19:

For updated information on jury duty in the Tenth Judicial Circuit, please follow the link to the applicable county clerk’s website:

For up to date information on all current advisors and COVID-19 in Florida, please visit the Florida DOH COVID-19 webpage.

For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, the Department of Health created a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center which can be reached at 1-(866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to

The State Courts System emergency management group continues to monitor the situation closely.

For additional COVID-19 related guidance and resources, check out these below links:

If you are an attorney who would like to receive all of the latest Tenth Judicial Circuit related information as it is released via Bar News email blasts, submit your request to have your name added to the Bar News email distribution list here: Bar News request form.

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