Gina Hawkins on trial – a telephonic status hearing was held this morning. Nothing much occurred. A new status conference was set for May 15th, to essentially see whether restrictions have been lifted so the trial can be reset.

Today’s docket1:30 bond and plea court.

And this from the 17th Circuit’s rarely updated Facebook page last Thursday, although we still can’t find any link to live broadcasts of either AM or PM court. Please post a comment if it is indeed live …


*UPDATE* – Channel 10 picks up the story from JAABLOG …


The following is a message written by Dennis Bailey, speaking on behalf of the Broward judiciary. Apparently, lawyers are taking liberties with the virus-necessitated Zoom hearings, with a lawyer appearing shirtless, and another one with a master bed visible in the background. There are also some procedural tips included for the brave new electronic world, and the sad news that a judge’s spouse is battling Covid-19.

The message is posted on the Weston Bar Association’s website, and was reportedly emailed to others last Thursday with the “Please take note” header:

Please take note of the 5th paragraph in case you happen to have, as I did this morning, a hearing conducted via Zoom.

 Virtual View From the Bench –
A Letter from the Honorable Dennis Bailey