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Important NEWS for Attorneys and Court Users
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URGENT UPDATE: COURTHOUSE CLOSURES AND REDUCED SERVICES RELATED TO COVID-19.  

All court appearances, proceedings and hearings in cases NOT deemed “mission critical” case types are postponed (effective at 5:00pm, March 18th)

Courthouses are closed to the public throughout Volusia County except for limited Clerk services and mission-critical judicial proceedings beginning March 18th at 5pm until April 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  The Courthouse and Clerk’s office are open for business Wednesday, March 18th. Please read the Administrative Order entered March 17, 2020.  http://www.circuit7.org/Communications/Chief%20Judge%20Coronavirus%20Message%202.pdf

Highlights and Clerk Service Limitations:
 
The Order details mission-critical court proceeding types and locations, and some set times.  Most proceedings will take place either at the Volusia County Branch Jail or the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.  Public entry is very limited.
 
Any proceedings in cases NOT deemed mission critical are postponed:
 
“17.      All court proceedings/events not mentioned herein that are scheduled to take place in any court facility in the Seventh Judicial Circuit are hereby postponed and are to be rescheduled by the parties or the court.”
 
There will be no court proceedings held and no public entry at either Daytona courthouse per the Order:
 
“22. The S. James Foxman Justice Center and Volusia County Courthouse Annex in Daytona Beach are both closed to the general public.  Persons wishing to conduct business with the Clerk of the Court related to the mission-critical functions enumerated in this Order may continue to do so using the exterior public access area on the south side of the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.  The public may also record documents, obtain marriage licenses, pay child support, file injunctions, or pay tickets at the public access area.”
 
Limited Clerk services will continue to be available:
 
  1. ALL in-person public business with the Clerk of Court MUST be conducted at the exterior public access area on the south side of the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand. 
  2. The Clerk will only provide services relating to those case types deemed mission critical as described below.  The Clerk will also accept documents for recording in the Official Records, issue marriage licenses, accept child support payments, assist with all injunction filings, and accept traffic citation payments. We are unable to perform marriage ceremonies beginning Thursday, March 19th until operations resume.  We will continue to process completed passport applications at the exterior service area—you must bring your own passport-compliant photo.
  3. Many electronic services are still available through the Clerk’s website at www.clerk.org and through normal electronic filing processes.  
 
 Court proceedings that will continue to be held are limited to those deemed “mission critical” as defined by the Order:
 
a) First appearances;
b) Bond hearings;
c) Juvenile detention hearings;
d) Juvenile shelter hearings;
e) Domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking injunctions, as well as all chapter 39 injunctions;
f) Risk protection orders;
g) Marchman Acts;
h) Baker Acts;
i) Family law (including juvenile) cases where the imminent safety of children is an issue;
j) Vulnerable Adult injunctions;
k) Emergency incapacity petitions and appointment of guardians;
l) Proceedings involving requests for “do not resuscitate” orders;
m) Adult Protective Service Act proceedings;
n) Requests for search warrants and arrest warrants;
o) Violations of quarantine or isolation orders;
p) Violations of orders to limit travel;
q) Violations of orders to close public or private buildings;
r) Seizure of bodily fluids;
s) Mandatory vaccinations proceedings;
t) Enforcement of curfew orders;
u) Extraordinary writs;
v) Any other “emergency” proceedings or hearings as authorized by the Chief Judge.
 
If you have been scheduled for a court proceeding in a case type not deemed to be mission critical during the closure period, your appearance will be automatically postponed. It is unnecessary to file a Motion to Continue.  Proceedings ordered by the Court will be rescheduled by the Court (or Clerk’s office).  The parties should reschedule any other proceedings.  See the Administrative Order for further direction.
 
Remember traffic citation and court obligation payments, records research, and requests for Clerk services related to mission-critical cases may be made by visiting www.clerk.org or emailing clerk@clerk.org or calling (386) 736-5915.  
The conditions and plans are changing as the situation develops.  PLEASE check the Clerk’s website Alerts frequently for up-to-date information and follow the Clerk’s official Facebook Page.  https://www.facebook.com/clerklauraroth/
 
Thank you and stay safe!


Laura E. Roth

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