IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PASCO
AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2004-039 PA/PI-CIR
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On January 1, 1996, a criminal section was
created by Administrative Order 95-123.
This section, known as section R, was created to handle criminal
misdemeanor actions relating to domestic violence, including violations of
injunctions and indirect criminal contempt proceedings. When Local Rule 11 was adopted, which
provided for a domestic violence court section to hear criminal misdemeanor
actions, Administrative Order 95-123 was repealed. See Administrative Order PA/PI-CIR-99-42.
The judges of this circuit proposed
amendments to the Local Rules, which included repeal of Local Rule 11. The amendments to the Local Rules were
approved by the Florida Supreme Court on May 19, 2004.
The repeal of Local Rule 11 was not intended to repeal the criminal
domestic violence section in county criminal court. It is therefore, necessary by Administrative
Order to provide for the continued operation of section R. Accordingly, it is hereby
Section R is reaffirmed and shall continue as a section of the Pinellas County criminal division. All criminal misdemeanor actions relating to
domestic violence, including violations of injunctions
and indirect criminal contempt proceedings shall be heard by the judge assigned
to section R. Circuit court judges shall
continue to hear criminal felony actions relating to domestic violence.
The Clerk of Court for Pinellas
County shall continue to
assign criminal misdemeanor actions relating to domestic violence, violation of
injunctions, and indirect criminal contempt proceedings arising from violation
of injunctions to section R.
Administrative Order PA/PI-CIR-99-42 is hereby rescinded.
DONE AND ORDERED
in Chambers at St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida this _____ day of July
2004, nunc pro tunc May 19,
A. Demers, Chief Judge
cc: All Judges
The Honorable Bernie McCabe, State
The Honorable Robert H. Dillinger,
The Honorable Karleen
F. DeBlaker, Clerk of Court, Pinellas County
The Honorable Jed Pittman, Clerk of
Court, Pasco County
Carol Heath, Director,
Court Services Division, Pinellas County Clerk’s Office
Gay Inskeep, Trial Courts
Kerry L. Rice, Senior Deputy Courts
DeRita Barbary, Criminal
Bar Associations, Pasco and Pinellas Counties
Law Libraries, Pasco and Pinellas Counties