### UPDATE – JULY 2ND, 2020 ###
Given the ongoing concerns and increasing infection rates in Florida, we have been closely monitoring the court systems (as noted in previous communications) for announcements concerning courtroom activity. The Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, informing a Working Group, has sought input and procedures to continue civil jury trials once court operations partially resume in July. We anticipate an Administrative Order from the Supreme Court in the coming weeks. However, each circuit, consistent with those orders, can make independent decisions concerning civil jury trials and other courtroom operations.
Today, the 12th Circuit announced is has suspended all civil jury trial through December 31, 2020. This includes all activity in Desoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties. The order can be found here: Click Here to view
### UPDATE – JULY 1ST, 2020 ###
Our firm continues to operate in a remote setting given the radical increase in positive COVID-19 tests over the last few weeks. We continue to monitor the actions of the court systems and will update our clients as new information becomes available.
### UPDATE: 5-5-2020 ###
The Supreme Court of the State of Florida, in an Amendment to Administrative Order AOSC20-23, extended the suspension of jury trials through July 2, 2020 (Section III-A), and continued the Limitations of In-Person Hearings (Section III-C).
The Order can be found here: Click Here to view
### UPDATE: 4/7/20 ###
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the State of Florida suspended of all jury trials through May 29, 2020, among other actions. The courts Order is here for your reference.
### UPDATE: 4/1/20 ###
In compliance with the Governor’s Stay-At-Home order, all our employees will be working remotely. While work continues on client files, we are unavailable should you call our offices. Please continue communicating with us via email or your attorneys cell phone.
### UPDATE: 3/25/2020 ###
Yesterday the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order postponing all jury trials until April 13, with the possibility of an extension to that timeline.
As a firm nearly 50 years strong, resilience runs deep within our culture. During these times of rapid change and uncertainty, Freeman, Goldis & Cash will continue to be a trusted resource, strengthened by our colleagues, associates, and dedicated staff. While we are adhering to the guidelines issued by government and healthcare authorities, we continue to maintain a mission-centered, service-oriented focus.
Consistent with our internal policies, we have initiated a series of steps to ensure continuous and uninterrupted service. This includes, like many of you, the use of technology: telecommuting options for staff; video conferencing for meetings and court hearings; and other critical communications. We will continue these efforts, directed at ensuring the wellbeing of our staff, until this current crisis abates.
We continue to monitor the various courts in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Consistent with other governmental bodies, most court functions have been substantially scaled back or postponed. This will undoubtedly result in delays for hearings, motions, oral arguments, the production of written opinions, delays in jury trials, and other similar judicial activity.
For the current time, we encourage our clients to communicate with us via email. In the event a ‘stay-at-home’ order is issued, our phones will be forwarded but have limited capacity.
We are hopeful for a positive and swift resolution to the health crisis faced by our nation, and the world. Together, as a community, we will get through this emergent threat, stronger and even more resilient than before!
Craig A. Cranston
Chief Operating Officer