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Federal Judicial ServiceDistrict Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Nominated by William Clinton on February 9, 2000, to a seat vacated by G. Kendall Sharp. Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 2000, and received commission on May 31, 2000. Assumed senior status on June 3, 2013.
Florida Southern College, B.A., 1968
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1971
Florida Institute of Technology, M.S., 1993
University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 2001
Prosecutor, Cocoa, Florida, 1971–1972
Private Practice, 1971–1984
Assistant Public Defender, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida, 1972–1976Judge, Circuit Court of Florida, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 1985–1995Judge, Florida District Court of Appeal, Fifth District, 1995–2000
A judge may prefer the use of particular forms for things like the case management report, the certificate of interested persons, and trial exhibits. Please see Judge Antoon's preferences on forms below.
The hyperlink below is a list of investments of which the judge is aware that he or a family member owns that are subject to reporting on his annual financial disclosure report or that could constitute a financial interest that might necessitate recusal. The court provides this information so participants in a case can advise the court if the judge has any actual or apparent conflict of interest in a case. This information is not to be used for any other purpose. For information on the procedure for obtaining copies of the financial disclosure report, please see the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, published in Title 5 of the United States Code Annotated, Appendix 4, Sections 101-112.
Counsel are encouraged to make an appointment with the courtroom deputy prior to a trial or hearing to become familiar with the availability, operation, and compatibility of the courtroom technology systems should they wish to use them. Failure to do so may result in the parties equipment not being available for use due to incompatibility with the courtroom system.
Laptop Connection Instructions
When filing motions with the clerk, it is not necessary to provide separate courtesy copies for the judge. There are two exceptions to this policy. The court requires mailing or delivery of a paper copy of all summary judgment motions, memoranda, and exhibits (including deposition transcripts), marked "Courtesy Copy for Judge Antoon,” within five days of electronic filing. If a party files a motion in open court, a copy should be provided to the judge for his review.
Multiple motions in limine are not favored. All requests to limit evidence must be included in a single motion not exceeding 25 pages without leave of court. Responses are limited to 20 pages unless the court gives leave to exceed the limit.
Mediation is required in most cases and should be completed at least five months prior to the trial term. The parties may stipulate to a mediator in their case management report. If they do not, the court will appoint one from its list of certified mediators.
The court will notify the parties by separate notice of the pretrial conference date, normally the last week of the month before the trial term. The court will hear motions in limine and address any objections to exhibits and witnesses. Counsel should be prepared to address all pretrial matters.
As soon as practicable after the filing of any civil action, the clerk will designate the case for future management on one of three tracks. For civil cases designated as a Track Two case, the plaintiff must complete and file the case management form in accordance with Local Rule 3.05.
Ordinarily, the court will enter a scheduling order within 30 days of the filing of the case management report. The court will not conduct a preliminary pretrial conference unless the parties request one or the court deems it necessary. The magistrate judge assigned to the case normally conducts the conference.
The court will distribute a trial calendar to all counsel and pro se parties for the upcoming trial term about two weeks before the beginning of the term. Normally, criminal cases are tried first, civil jury trials are called up next, and civil non-jury trials are tried last. Cases are listed in the order in which they will be tried, although experience indicates that at times cases might be called out of order. Civil cases not reached during this trial term will be placed at the beginning of the following month’s trial term after all criminal cases have been tried. For the convenience of counsel, the court provides the names and telephone numbers of all counsel so counsel may keep themselves informed of the progress of the cases listed before theirs.
Counsel and their witnesses must be available for trial on 24 hours' notice.
Counsel must advise the court promptly of any development after entry of the trial calendar that could affect the trial of the case. Changes of pleas must be entered with the magistrate judge assigned to the case by the last day of the month before the trial term. If a defendant does not plead guilty before then, he or she will be required to plead to the indictment without regard to any agreement with the government. In civil jury cases, if the court is not notified of settlement before a jury is called, the court will assess jury costs to the parties.
The court will conduct the jury voir dire, giving due consideration to questions proposed by the parties. The court may permit counsel to briefly supplement the court’s voir dire examination.
The court will normally be in session from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day with one hour and 15 minutes for lunch. However, this schedule might change as circumstances require.
Counsel, parties, and witnesses appearing in court must dress appropriately. Men must wear a coat and tie.
Parties who want to use the court’s evidence presentation equipment (i.e., DOAR equipment, easel, chalkboard, etc.) should advise the courtroom deputy at (407) 835-4204 as soon as possible before beginning of trial. They should also make arrangements to familiarize themselves with the operation of the equipment prior to trial.