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Thomas P. Thompson, III.

County Judge

Judicial Assistant: Christina Jones
Office: 352-401-7888
Fax: 352-401-6776

*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.

GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR JUDGE THOMAS P. THOMPSON, III

(All are subject to change at the Court’s discretion)

EC3

“EC3” is Judge Thompson’s “Expedited Criminal Case Calendar”.  This Calendar will be considered on Thursday afternoons, beginning promptly a 1:30 p.m.  Should Judge Thompson not be available on a particular Thursday, then Judge Thompson will try to hold an EC3 at another time during that particular week.  Judge Thompson will not hold an EC3 during Trial Weeks or First Appearance weeks.  Counsel and pro se litigants are encouraged to contact Judge Thompson’s Judicial Assistant, Christina Jones, with any questions regarding the EC3 Calendar or when the next scheduled EC3 Calendar will be conducted.

For a case to be considered on any particular EC3, all of the following requirements must be complied with:

1)   You must obtain the consent of an Assistant State Attorney to have your matter taken up on a specific EC3;

2)   You must contact the Court’s Clerk no later than 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to the specific EC3 you desire to request that all files pertaining to the matter you want the Court to consider are brought to the Courtroom for your hearing.  Contact is to be made by email to: hearingnotification@marioncountyclerk.org;

3) Court’s Certified Spanish Language Interpreter. You must submit your request online at https://www.circuit5.org/programs-services/interpreting-services/interpreting-services-english/

Please be cognizant of the time requirement when scheduling a court interpreter for your case. 2-3 days in advance for Spanish Language events and 7-10 days in advance for all other languages to include Sign Language and Real Time Court Reporting. Submitting your request with as much advance notice as possible helps us to offer better service. Please promptly let us know of any changes and provide the Zoom link to us (if applicable) to court_interpreting_department@circuit5.org

If the date for your request falls during this period of limited court activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic (March 17 – further notice), please know that interpreting services are being provided remotely (telephonically or via a video/audio platform).

If your hearing is scheduled to take place via a video/audio platform such as Zoom, the interpreter will join the hearing via such platform at the specified date and time.

For any non-video/audio platform hearings, interpreting services will be provided telephonically. When ready to hear the case, the court will place a phone call to the interpreter.

4)   You must make all necessary arrangements for timely transport if your client is in custody;

5)   You must bring a copy of all filings you want the Court to consider on a specific EC3.  This is required since your filings may not have been docketed by the time of the EC3;

6)   You must not bring a matter to EC3 that cannot reasonably be completed within 15 minutes; and

7)   Failure to comply with all of these requirements will result in your matter being passed to a later date.

Procedures for Scheduling Hearings

When e-mailing or calling to obtain available hearing time, please have available the case number, case style, type of motion to be scheduled, and the amount of hearing time requested.  The Motion must be filed prior to obtaining hearing time.  Once hearing time is coordinated with all counsel, confirm the date with this office prior to preparing your Notice of Hearing, to assure that time is still available, as hearing dates cannot be “held.”

Please provide the Court with a courtesy copy of the Notice of Hearing, once filed, by e-mail at cjones@circuit5.org.

Cross-Noticing Hearings

Cross-noticing a hearing without the Court’s approval is not permitted.  If a case has been set for a hearing and opposing counsel is requesting the setting of additional motions at this previously scheduled hearing (a/k/a piggy-backing or cross-noticing motions), prior to noticing these additional motions for hearing, you must contact the Judge’s office who will determine if sufficient time is available to have the additional motion(s) heard.

Procedures for Cancelling Hearings/Trials

In addition to filing your notice of cancellation, immediately notify this office by telephone or e-mail, when a hearing is to be cancelled.  If a case has settled and should be removed from the trial docket, please file something in the court file to indicate that the matter has settled, until the closing documents are filed.  Only the party that scheduled the hearing, or the Court, has the authority to cancel the hearing.

Telephonic Appearances

Telephonic appearances are typically permitted for most hearings and require a Motion for Telephonic Appearance and the submission of a proposed order for the Court’s consideration.  The call-in number for telephonic appearance is (352) 401-7888.  We do not use CourtCall.

Personal appearances are required for Trials, Small Claim Pre-Trial Conferences and Lack of Prosecution Hearings.

Proposed Orders

A proposed order should always be submitted immediately, upon filing the following motions:

Motions for Extensions of Time

Motions to Appoint Process Server

Motions for Telephonic Appearance

Motion to Continue Pre-Trial Conference (Small Claims)

Notice/Motion Showing Good Cause

 

Proposed orders are not accepted through the Florida Courts E-portal at this time.

Proposed orders must be submitted either by US Mail or by email, in Word format (but please, not both).

Proposed orders may be submitted by email at cjones@circuit5.org, if all parties are represented by counsel.  If there are any pro se parties, conformed copies and self-addressed stamped envelopes will need to be submitted with the proposed order, via U.S. Mail, or hand delivery.

All proposed orders shall include a certificate of service, with the names of all parties/counsel to be served.

Motions for Writ of Garnishments are to be mailed only.

Final Judgments for Possession are to be mailed only, when the tenant is pro se, and must include self-addressed stamped envelopes.

Default Final Judgments and Final Judgments are to be mailed only when the Defendant is pro se and must include self-addressed stamped envelopes.

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