Curtis J. Neal

Circuit Judge

Judicial Assistant: Stacey Burns/Dolores Sowell
Office: 352-754-4287
Fax: 352-754-4266

*NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:* The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the Judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit to discuss pending cases with the public. Please do not call the Court expecting to speak with a Judge about any case. The Court is only allowed to consider arguments made in the courtroom and in documents properly filed by actual parties in the case as authorized by law and the Rules of Court. The Court cannot ethically read or consider any other opinions or arguments about the case. Communications that do not meet these legal requirements cannot be forwarded to the Judges.

Attention Foreclosure Attorneys/Parties

Please review Administrative Order H-2013-15 concerning the specific procedures for foreclosure cases. Check the Administrative Orders section of this website under Hernando County for all Administrative Orders regarding foreclosure actions.

The majority of foreclosure hearings are not attended by a Court Clerk. For that reason, it is requested that all original loan documents are filed with the Clerk of the Court prior to a Motion for Summary Judgment Hearing. The Court has no objection to telephone appearance and your Notice of Hearing may include a provision that you will be appearing telephonically, if that is your request.

All Cases: Hearing Requests

Please use the following email address to request a hearing date:

Your hearing request should list the case name, case number, include a copy of the motion(s) to be heard, the amount of time requested, and indicate the name and address of opposing counsel or the address of an unrepresented party. The Judicial Assistant will respond with your hearing time. It is YOUR responsibility to coordinate the hearing time with an opposing attorney, prepare a Notice of Hearing, file the same with the Clerk of Court, and distribute courtesy copies.

Your Notice of Hearing should contain the following information:

The name of the Judge (The Honorable Curtis J. Neal, Circuit Judge) and location:
The Hernando County Courthouse
20 North Main Street, 3rd Floor, Courtroom “A”
Brooksville, FL 34601.

Mailing address:
The Honorable Curtis J. Neal, Circuit Judge
Hernando County Courthouse
20 N. Main Street, Room 310
Brooksville, FL 34601.

Contempt Motions

If you are scheduling a contempt hearing, you will need to have the opposing party served with the Motion for Contempt and the Notice of Hearing via sheriff’s service. You will need to file a copy of the return of service with the Clerk and bring a copy to the scheduled hearing.

Telephone Appearances

Before filing a Motion for Telephone Appearance, please confer with opposing counsel/party to determine if they have any objection. If they have no objection, indicate the same in your motion and provide the Court with a proposed Order granting the request. If all parties will be appearing telephonically, include the same in the proposed Order. It will be the responsibility of the party appearing telephonically to contact the Court at the time of the scheduled hearing by calling: (352)-754-4287. Telephone appearances for hearing of 30 minutes or less will normally be allowed absent a timely objection from the opposing party.

Emergency Hearing Requests

All Emergency Hearing Requests are reviewed by the Court prior to hearing dates being released. It is your responsibility to provide the Court with a copy of your Emergency Motion/Petition. The filing of the same via E-Portal does not automatically ensure that your request is received by the Court.

Trial Requests

All Trial Requests are reviewed by the Court. The Judicial Assistant cannot provide you with a Trial Date until the Court has reviewed the case to determine the appropriate action. Please forward a copy of your pleading to the Court with a Service List and self-addressed stamped envelopes for mailing purposes.

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