SPECIAL NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE RECENT ORDERS OF GOVERNOR DEWINE AND THE CHIEF JUSTICE:
1) The Third District Court of Appeals remain in operation during regular business hours, with essential staff on site, and with other precautions in place, such as being temporarily closed to the public, in the interests of the health and safety of Court staff and the public.
2) The Court is directing all appellate counsel to proceed on the basis that all regular filing deadlines remain intact, subject to the normal practice of contacting the Court directly by phone, or filing a motion with the proper Clerk of Courts on a case-by-case basis, regarding the need for any extensions or continuances.
3) Cases that are set for hearing through April and May are currently being scheduled with consent of counsel for submission for written decision of the Court on the record and the briefs without oral argument. For the time being, requests for oral argument are being honored with the understanding that those cases will be postponed indefinitely until further notice.
4) However, in order to proceed with all cases in a timely manner and maintain the interests of public health and safety, a decision may be made by the Court at any time to order submission of any pending case to the Court on the record and the briefs for decision without oral argument, or to utilize alternate means such as phone or video hearings, depending on the urgency of circumstances in a given case, any applicable statutory mandates to expedite certain cases, prevailing public health circumstances in the State and/or any additional Orders from the Governor and the Chief Justice.