Although facilities may be forced to close during hurricanes or other disasters, it will be the goal of the Sixth Judicial Circuit to ensure that no person is deprived of access to the courts in the aftermath of an emergency event.
Issues of personal safety, due process, and many other matters addressed everyday in the courts will still need to be addressed in the immediate aftermath of an emergency. If courthouses in the Sixth Judicial Circuit are forced to close because of a disaster, this page will be updated with explanations of how various court functions will be handled. The updates will continue as long as conditions allow or until the emergency is over.
Although every emergency situation cannot be predicted, the Circuit has adopted Administrative Order 2015-017, which provides an outline for the courts’ continued operation during emergencies. This order and related actions are an attempt to "keep the courts open,” thereby ensuring access to the courts and justice for the people, even in the aftermath of an emergency.
For more information on emergency preparedness efforts in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, contact the Emergency Coordinating Officer.
- Sixth Judicial Circuit's Emergency Administrative Order 2015-017
- Florida State Courts Emergency Preparedness Link
Emergency Management Links: