Santa Rosa County Courthouse
6865 Caroline Street, Box 2
Milton, FL 32570
CHANGE IN DIV I ARRAIGNMENT TIMES EFFECT 1-3-19
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All paperwork in reference to a court case of any kind should be filed only with the Clerk of the
Court. Do not send a copy directly to the judge’s office unless it is a courtesy copy of the notice
of hearing. Once the Clerk receives the document, they will attach it to the file and send it to the
judge’s office, if appropriate.
The following times are given as a general guideline.
On occasion it is necessary to schedule at a different time or day.
The county judges alternate weeks of coverage of first appearances (bond hearings). Weekday first appearances are scheduled daily at 1:30 p.m. Weekend and holiday coverage is handled by the duty judge. When Judge Hilliard is the duty judge he conducts his weekend and holiday first appearances at 9:00 a.m. Any changes in time will be notice via email. Private attorneys will be notified of any changes provided the judicial assistant is aware of their participation. If the pretrial release officer notifies the judicial assistant that the defendant anticipates his attorney to be present at first appearance, the judicial assistant will confirm with a courtesy call to the attorney’s office.
Arraignments (Plea Day) in Division 1 are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. for criminal traffic cases and at 1:30 p.m. for misdemeanor cases. These are usually scheduled on a Thursday. Appearance is required unless Notice of Appearance, Plea of Not Guilty and Waiver of Appearance have been filed with the Clerk of the Court.
Criminal motions are scheduled once within a trial cycle. Post-trial criminal motions are scheduled at 9:00 a.m. and pre-trial criminal motions are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. All motions must be filed with the Clerk of the Court and a copy sent to the Office of the State Attorney. Motion hearings should be scheduled with the judicial assistant to ensure adequate time is available.
Pretrial conferences are scheduled on separate dates for the public defender and for private attorneys, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Defendants and their attorney must appear unless otherwise excused by the Court.
Mini Docket Day:
Depending on time availability, one “mini docket day” is scheduled prior to each trial cycle. These are usually scheduled on the Thursday or Friday before jury selection day.
Jury Selection Day:
On the day of jury selection, pretrial discussions begin at 8:00 a.m. in chambers, followed by the selection process in the assigned courtroom.
Violations of Probation:
Violations of probation are scheduled approximately twice monthly and begin at 8:30 a.m. These are usually scheduled on a Wednesday.
Judge trials are scheduled once per month and begin at 9:00 a.m.
County Ordinance Violations:
County ordinance violations are scheduled once per month.
Mandatory Traffic Infractions:
Mandatory traffic infractions are scheduled every other month and begin at 9:00 a.m.
Defendants Represented by Counsel:
It is inappropriate for a judge to receive personal communications regarding cases. When represented by counsel, you may instruct your counsel to file any appropriate motion on your behalf.
Pro Se Litigants:
It is inappropriate for a judge to receive personal communications regarding cases. If you have any questions concerning proper legal procedures you may contact an attorney.