From the PDO at 11:48 AM:
We closed early today in honor of Juneteenth. Long time coming for the recognition.
From the Clerk of Courts at 1:14 PM:
We have been advised by Court Administration that the 17th Circuit is open for business on Monday.
From the SAO at 12:10 PM:
State Attorney Harold Pryor says: “I am in support of the circuit recognizing this monumental national holiday. However, if the courts are open we will be here.”
JAABLOG response at 12:19 PM:
The PDO is closing early today in honor of Juneteenth. Is the SAO?Will Mr. Pryor decide to independently close the SAO for a day next week, whether or not the Chief Judge orders a closure?
SAO response at 1:53 PM:
From: ADM1 – Harold Pryor HPryor@sao17.state.fl.us
Sent: Friday, June 18, 2021 1:45 PM
Subject: Happy Juneteenth!
As you may know, the federal government announced yesterday that Juneteenth – which commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas – is now a federal holiday. (It is not a state holiday at this point.)
Given the short notice and the fact that Broward courts will remain open on Monday with many hearings already scheduled, we are going to mark the event this year by closing the State Attorney’s Office at 3 p.m. today, Friday.