WHEREAS, the COVID-19 virus continues to beset our nation, the State of Florida, and the communities within the Seventh Judicial Circuit, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Supreme Court has issued Administrative Orders urging the need to take necessary precautions, and adopting procedures to mitigate the spread of the virus, including, but not limited to, conducting proceedings by remote means to the fullest extent possible, and
WHEREAS, most PIP cases are governed by the Florida Small Claims Rules and in an effort promote judicial economy in addressing by remote means the high volume of PIP cases filed under the Florida Small Claims Rules throughout the circuit, it is necessary invoke the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure;
NOW THEREFORE, I, RAUL A. ZAMBRANO, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby Order that pursuant to Rule 7.020(c), Florida Small Claims Rules, with the exception of Rules 1.420(e) and 1.444, the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure are invoked in all PIP cases filed in the counties of the Seventh Judicial Circuit.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Small Claims Rule 7.110(e) will continue to govern dismissals for lack of prosecution in PIP cases and that the Clerks of Court are to automatically cancel any previously scheduled pretrial conference(s) upon the filing of proof of service of summons. In furtherance of the implementation of this Administrative Order, a revised Summons and Notice to Appear in a format similar to Exhibit “A” attached hereto shall be issued.
TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
DONE AND ORDERED at Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, this 14th day of July 2020.
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