COVID-19 Updates

Courthouse:

If you are a person seeking, or are required to enter a courthouse facility please be aware of the following health/safety protocols:

Starting Monday, August 2, 2021, occupants of all Nineteenth Judicial Circuit courthouse facilities, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, are recommended and encouraged to utilize face masks while in all areas of the facility.  If you would like to wear a face mask but are not in possession of one, a face mask will be provided to you at no cost.  Upon entry notify security, or the judge or presiding officer of the court you are attending, that you request a face mask and one will be provided to you at no cost.

Read the Nineteenth Circuit's AO2021-11 Continued COVID-19 Reopening Procedures and Court Operations - Second Protocols (PDF) for more information, including which courts will still need to be held in person, and which will be held remotely, 

Historical:

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady issued one new administrative order, No. AOSC 21-17 (PDF), on Friday, June 4, 2021, lifting COVID-19 safety restrictions such as wearing masks and distancing from others while in courtrooms during proceedings. The order states that Chief Judges may drop the mask and distancing requirements in courtrooms during proceedings as soon as June 21, 2021, and no later than August 2, 2021.

For the safety of our citizens and in compliance with state and federal recommendations for combatting COVID-19, our office is open to the public weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Appointments are encouraged to ensure safe distancing of our customers. For immediate assistance or to schedule a convenient appointment, please call 772-288-5576.

The Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit has directed that the circuit continue to comply with certain safety protocols. Facemasks and social distancing will be required for all in-person court proceedings and jury assembly. You are encouraged to read: Amended Administrative Order 2020-07 In Re: COVID-19 Reopening Procedures - First Protocols (PDF).  

For Criminal First Appearances via Zoom, please refer to this Zoom Meeting Information for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit (PDF).

If you are seeking essential clerk services related to injunctions against violence, mental health (Baker Acts), or substance abuse (Marchman Acts), please call 772-288-5576 or law enforcement if an emergency. For reference on the designation of essential and non-essential court proceedings please refer to the AO2020-01 (PDF).

Based on improving local health conditions, Jury Trials have resumed in Martin County.

Our Hobe Sound office is open to the public from 8 am to 4:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 772-546-1308.

The Clerk's Indiantown Office remains temporarily closed.

I strongly encourage you to use our online services, chat service, telephone assistance or the secure Drop Box located at the Martin County Courthouse, 100 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994. The Drop Box is available weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

We appreciate your understanding and wish the best for the health and safety of our community.

  1. Florida Governor's Executive Orders
  2. Florida Supreme Court Administrative Orders
  3. Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Orders

View 2020 Executive Orders issued by the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. 

E-Filing Portal:

Florida’s court system operations have been reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, is open and available to anyone who wishes to file documents with the court system. In addition, the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal Help Desk remains available during regularly scheduled business hours.

Important Information for Our Valued Passport Customers:

Passport Services are available at our Main Office in Stuart and Hobe Sound Branch by appointment only by calling 772-288-5553.
If you have questions regarding your passport application or renewal application, please call 772-288-5553.

We appreciate your understanding.

Have you received a Summons for Jury Duty?

Please visit our Jury Duty page for updates and call our Juror Reporting Line, 772-219-4914, after 5 pm on the Friday before your scheduled service date.

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