Roger D. Eaton, Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Banner

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS PLEA DOCKET UPDATE


03/19/2020 Essential and Critical Plea Docket

We will be taking ANY get out of jail pleas; traffic, misdemeanor or felony, including vop’s as noted above, regardless of docket. Anyone wishing to set an appropriate plea will need to schedule it through the Judicial Assistant for the respective judge. Any anticipated plea that is not a get out of jail plea will not be considered “essential” and must be continued.

Next week,

  • Judge Richards will be taking pleas at 1:00 p.m. on Monday.
  • Judge Burns will be taking pleas on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Judge Mason will be taking pleas on Friday at 9:00 a.m.

All attorneys coordinating plea hearings need to coordinate and notice the SAO appropriately. Staff from ALL agencies will be working remotely or with limited teams present, so proper coordination between all offices will be key.



PROCEDURE FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE

PD will call into Jail at Video Court Room – (941) 833-6333.

PD/Private attorneys must get plea forms to their clients before the plea for review prior to the hearings.

SAO and Clerk will be conferenced called into the courtroom by JA utilizing the Clerk Phone

The Judge or JA will utilize the Judge Bench phone (or court call phone) to call private attorneys. Private Attorney will need to provide JA with direct contact number for Judge to Call.

Clerk will send up paper work to Judge Chambers immediately upon conclusion of court for signature in order to process release paperwork to the jail.