Civil/Probate – Zoom still for the foreseeable future.
County Criminal – March 8th for a small number of jury trials, unless stakeholders believe the COVID-19 numbers are too high, in which case a pushback of opening is likely until April. One hundred and twenty jurors would be summoned for March 8th.
Circuit Criminal – VOPs, VOPs, VOPs. Administration realizes what is clogging the jails, and judges, possibly handling cases from multiple divisions, would handle in-court VOP hearings in vastly separated courtrooms to keep the courthouse as clear as possible. No word on circuit jury trials at this time.
(W)ill Mr. Pryor be prosecuting cannabis and drug paraphernalia cases?
The response, sent earlier this morning:
Harold will announce policy changes that are in line with his campaign stance soon when the details have been finalized. He is reaching out to local law enforcement agencies and wants to “dot the i’s and cross the t’s” before finalizing any policy change.
We know you just took over, but please be advised. Your prosecutors are still filing and prosecuting misdemeanor cannabis cases, despite your promises.
The ASA’s we’ve spoken to tell us they haven’t received any direction to decline or nolle prosse under twenty gram cases, and they’re filing Informations as we speak. Defense attorneys are frustrated, not to mention the scared clients facing incarceration and future-wrecking criminal charges …
As far as Harold’s cash bail promises, a comprehensive and safe plan for the community will obviously take time to create and implement. But cannabis? When the officers could have written an infraction in the first place? Come on!
Congratulations to Charles Hall upon his retirement from the Broward County Clerk’s Office after more than thirty-four years. For those who don’t know, Charles served honorably in management capacity.
According to this recently posted Facebook video, the highly respected and beloved Mr. Hall elected to take retirement a little unexpectedly, after what he characterizes as unpleasant clerk’s office politics arose. You can click the link to see what he’s talking about for yourself, but be warned. Strong language is used, and he’s none too happy with the always controversial Brenda.