IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2021-005
AMENDED THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STANDING ORDER IN CIVIL CASES
Amended as to paragraph 2 removing foreclosure and eminent domain cases
PURSUANT to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure l .200(a), Florida Rule of Judicial
Administration 2.545, and the Third Judicial Circuit Administrative Order 2021 -004 entered by
the Chief Judge of this Circuit, the parties are ordered to adhere to the following information and
procedures applicable to civil lawsuits:
1. SERVICE OF THIS ORDER: The Plaintiff is directed to serve a copy of this order with
each Summons issued in this case. One copy of this Order is to be filed with the Clerk of the
Circuit Court with proof of service.
2. CIVIL CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: The Supreme Court of Florida has
established guidelines for the prompt processing and resolution of civil cases. This Court has
adopted a case management system to help meet those guidelines. In contested cases ( other
than, involuntary commitment of sexually violent predators (Jimmy Ryce Act), the parties
are required to participate in the case management system. The case management system
requires early consultation and cooperation among the parties, early interaction with a Civil
Case Manager and early involvement by the Court. The Case Management Plan requires the
patties to adhere to case specific compliance deadlines, confer in a good faith attempt to
narrow the matters in controversy, and identify the issues that require direct involvement by
the Court. All parties are required to be familiar with Third Judicial Circuit Administrative
Order 2021-004, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.070 and 1.201, and Florida Rules of
Judicial Administration 2.545 and 2.250, all of which may be located and accessed at the
Court’s website. https://thirdcircuitfl.org.
The Court will issue a Case Management Order on or before 30 days from the date of
service of the last defendant. For cases subject to a statutory stay or moratorium preventing
prosecution of the case, the Court will issue a Case Management Order within 45 days after
the stay or moratorium ends or within 30 days after service of the Complaint on the last of all
named defendants, whichever date is later. If a case management conference is scheduled,
attendance by trial counsel and those parties who are not represented by counsel is
3. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR): ADR provides parties with an out-of-
court alternative to settling disagreements. The Court requires the parties to pa1ticipate in
ADR prior to trial. Mediation is mandatory unless the patties agree to another form of ADR.
Mediation is a conference at which an independent third party attempts to arrange a
settlement between the parties.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers in Lake City, Columbia County, Florida this 23rd
day of September, 2021.
MARK E. FEAGLE, Chief Circuit Judge