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Posted on: May 20, 2020


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If you have been noticed to appear in court for your misdemeanor or criminal traffic arraignment, this will serve to assist with information you should know prior to appearing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has scheduled a minimal number of hearings for this date and time. This is to assure compliance with CDC requirements in social distancing and the wearing of face masks for your safety as well as others attending court.

Arraignments are considered your first appearance in the court slated to handle your case. If you are represented by an attorney, check with them to see if your attendance is required. Attorneys can file a Notice of Appearance on your behalf in lieu of your attendance.

If you are not yet represented, or choose to represent yourself, you must appear in person and you must wear a face mask. In the courtroom, you will be instructed to sit in a designated area to comply with social-distancing requirements.

If you want a lawyer and wish to have one appointed, you need not appear for the arraignment hearing. However, YOU MUST CALL the judge’s office at the PHONE NUMBER BELOW at least three days prior to your arraignment hearing.

Plan not to arrive at the courthouse earlier than 10 minutes before your hearing is scheduled. You will not be allowed entry into the courthouse until 10 minutes before your hearing.

Do not bring anyone with you to your court hearing; they will not be permitted into the courtroom. Leave children with a responsible third party.

Judge Joseph Poblick      (727) 847-8173

Judge Debra Roberts       (727) 815-7025

Judge William G. Sestak  (352) 518-4013

Judge Anne Wansboro    (727) 815-7028

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