General Announcements



JUDICIAL VACANCY:

The Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Tampa division. The annual salary is $188,692.00. The term of office is eight years, beginning August 1, 2018. The magistrate judge must remain in the Tampa division.


A detailed public notice of, and an application for, the magistrate judgeship are available at each division's office of the Clerk of the Court and at this section of the website.


The Clerk must receive each application by 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018.


PUBLIC NOTICE FOR THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF A MAGISTRATE JUDGE

United States Magistrate Judge Joel B. Toomey's current term expires on July 5, 2018. No later than Friday, December 15, 2017, an interested person can submit to the merit selection panel a comment about the prospective re-appointment of Magistrate Judge Toomey. Click here for the public notice.


JUROR QUALIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRES:
The Middle District of Florida has mailed over 218,000 questionnaires to prospective federal jurors. If you have received a Juror Qualification Questionnaire, please read this section of the website carefully. The Questionnaire is not a summons for jury service. Those receiving Questionnaires to complete may or may not be randomly selected to receive a summons in the future.


NEW AND UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT PRO BONO REPRESENTATION IN CIVIL CASES AND ABOUT THE BENCH BAR FUND IS AVAILABLE UNDER THE "ATTORNEY RESOURCES" SECTION:
The Pro Bono section includes a link to the revised Plan for Pro Bono Representation by Appointment in Civil Cases, and links to the forms for obtaining pre-approval for expenses over $1,500 and for reimbursement. The section also includes a link with directions for uploading and submitting these forms and supporting documentation through the court's website.


The Bench Bar Fund Information section includes the revised Bench Bar Fund Plan, the First Amended Parameters for Use of Bench Bar Funds, and the Request for Funding form. Both the updated Plan and the Parameters provide detailed information about available uses of the Bench Bar Fund and guidance to members of the Bar on how to request funding.


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. NOOR ZAHI SALMAN INFORMATION:
A dedicated section of this website has been established to provide current information about this case including publicly filed documents and guidelines for attending public proceedings. The information contained in this web site should make it unnecessary to contact the Clerk's Office for information about this case.

To access case information, visit United States of America v. Noor Zahi Salman, Case No. 6:17-cr-18-Orl-40KRS

BAR ATTORNEY RENEWAL FEE STRUCTURE:
The Board of Judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, amended the Court's policy on attorney renewals. Previously an attorney admitted as a member of the Bar of the Middle District of Florida was required to pay a membership renewal fee every three years. The collection of membership renewal fees is suspended until June 1, 2020. Effective June 1, 2020, a member of the Bar must pay a membership renewal fee of $15.00 every five years.

JUDGE COVINGTON'S UPDATED WEBSITE:
The Honorable Virginia M. Hernandez Covington has updated certain policies and procedures for civil and criminal cases. The updates are explained thoroughly on her website. Three principal changes are highlighted here. Counsel and pro se litigants are expected to comply with all Judge Covington's policies and procedures.

JUDGE CHAPPELL'S UPDATED WEBSITE:
The Honorable Sheri Polster Chappell has updated certain policies and procedures for civil and criminal cases. The updates are explained thoroughly on her website. Three principal changes are highlighted here. Counsel and pro se litigants are expected to comply with all Judge Chappell's policies and procedures.

FOR ATTORNEYS:
Effective July 13, 2015, all attorneys submitting applications for Mediator certification with the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, must use the Court's automated system. Please see Attorney Resources section of the website for more information.

PUBLIC NOTICE:
The CM/ECF Administrative Procedures have been updated. For additional information, please review the PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT.

PUBLIC NOTICE:
The Middle District of Florida Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice has been updated. To view the Public Notice, please CLICK HERE for full details.

PRESS RELEASE:
A new book by James M. Denham provides a wonderfully engaging and informative look at the history of the Middle District of Florida. Please CLICK HERE for full details.

NEW ORDER:
Effective January 1, 2015, the fee for appearing pro hac vice will increase. Please CLICK HERE to view the administrative order.

NEW JURY SCAM:
Please CLICK HERE for an important announcement.


WARRANT SCAM ALERT:
Please CLICK HERE for important information.

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR ATTORNEYS:
Change to the renewal requirements for membership to the USDC-MDFL Bar. See full public notice under Bar Notices.

PUBLIC NOTICE:
Credit card payments will be accepted for most transactions with the Court. See full public notice under Public Notices.

FOR JURORS:
Important information regarding bogus calls to jury service is available under Jury Info / eJuror.

FOR LAW FIRMS:
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day you make your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.