Updates for Criminal Cases in Miami-what you need to know:

Yesterday, Miami-Dade County Courts announced that certain matters may now be heard remotely via telephone or video technology (virtually). The announcement came in light of the most recent Administrative Order issued by Florida Supreme Court (No. AOSC20-23).

Courts are allowing virtual hearings for:

Per the Florida Supreme Court order, the following proceedings may now be conducted remotely (virtually):
❖ Status conferences
❖ Case management
❖ Pretrial conferences in all case types
❖ Non-evidentiary and evidentiary motion hearings
❖ Pleas in all county court misdemeanor cases

Miami-Dade County Courts are also hearing:
❖ Seal and Expunge matters
❖ Motions to Set Aside Bench Warrants
❖ Motions regarding past due court costs and collections
❖ Motions regarding license suspensions
❖ Other appropriate reports and motions

Any non-evidentiary and evidentiary criminal matters may be heard
virtually. These cases need to be scheduled with the presiding judge and
their staff. Click here for instructions on how to schedule your case.

What’s still being suspended/postponed?

All time periods involving the speedy trial procedure in criminal and juvenile court proceedings remain suspended through Monday, July 6, 2020.

Bench trials in criminal matters scheduled between March 13, 2020 and June 30, 2020, shall be continued to a date no earlier than July 6, 2020, unless the bench trial is conducted virtually. Bench trials may only be conducted virtually if all parties agree.

Jury trials in criminal cases scheduled between March 13, 2020 and July 1, 2020 shall be continued to a date no earlier than July 6, 2020. For the present time, all jury trials are prohibited.

Other Resources:

You can access the court docket and your case information online by entering your case number or the defendant’s name and date of birth into the Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice Online System. Here are the links:
Click here -> Criminal Traffic for cases.

Click here -> Misdemeanor Crimes for cases.

Click here–> for Rules of Court for Remote Access Courtroom.

Important websites we recommend monitoring:


Please feel free to contact us is you have any questions and we will try our best to assist you in any way we can!

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