Florida Criminal Defense and DUI Defense Blog

27Mar, 20

As St. Lucie responds to the threat of COVID-19, we understand you may be concerned about the impact it’s having on our court system and your cases. In response to the 19th Circuit’s Administrative Order 2020-01, some court dates have been canceled.

Meanwhile, our Deputy Clerk Professionals continue to work diligently to ensure your documents are being processed in a timely fashion throughout this evolving crisis.

Document Processing

Documents filed through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal continue to be processed daily. To verify if your documents have been docketed to your case, you may view your case through the Benchmark Court Case Search.

Court Dates & Reminders


Starting next week, essential felony court hearings, such as bond, arraignment, and change of plea time served hearings, will be heard from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in courtroom 2A of the Fort Pierce courthouse with the following judges: Mondays, Judge Schwab; Tuesdays, Judge Belanger; Wednesdays, Judge Roby.

Essential misdemeanor hearings are also being heard periodically. All court dates are continually being updated in Benchmark.


Judge Meadows is holding daily detention hearings at 8:30 a.m. and shelter hearings at 9 a.m. Dependency advisory hearings are also being heard with Magistrate Hammond on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Court Date Reminders

To stay informed, our office offers courtesy text messages and an Amazon Alexa Skill to remind you about upcoming court dates. Learn More and Sign Up.

Certifying Records Online

If you need documents certified, please visit www.stlucieclerk.com/ecertify. Once documents are processed, you can have them electronically certified directly from our website. This convenient service produces secure, reusable e-certified documents. If you need assistance with a record not available online, you may complete an online Public Records Request.

Communicating with Our Office

Whether you practice civil or criminal law, you can conveniently communicate with our professionals by email, phone, or our website’s Live Chat.

We understand the importance our office plays in your business. We hope that these extra measures provide you with added convenience during this time.




Attorney Mike Kessler
Written by: Attorney Mike Kessler

Attorney Kessler has been practicing criminal law in Florida for 30 years. He is recognized as is a leading authority on drunk-driving defense as well as a founding member of the Saint Lucie County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and co-author of The DUI Book: Florida Edition, the definitive resource on DUI in Florida.

To speak with Mike, call 772-466-4900 or click here for a free consultation.

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