COVID-19 Update: Chief Judge Nilon Issues Court Directives, 311 Critical Information Line, and COVID-19 Call Center

Press release from Alachua County

Pursuant to the authority granted by the Florida Supreme Court in AOSC20-13, Chief Judge Nilon has issued the following directives for the Eighth Judicial Circuit effective on March 16, 2020, at 5 p.m. and continuing through March 27, 2020, at 5 p.m.:

  • All jury selection, jury trials, and grand jury proceedings are suspended.
  • All county and circuit criminal court events are suspended, with the exception of first appearances, bond reduction hearings, in custody Change of Plea in which the release from incarceration of the Defendant is expected, and matters which the court determines to be urgent upon motion of a party.
  • All hearings in the family, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, county civil, circuit civil, probate, guardianship, mental health, and civil traffic divisions shall be conducted by electronic means or shall be continued, with the exception of juvenile detention hearings, Domestic Violence Injunction hearings, and matters which the court determines to be urgent upon motion of a party.

The 311 Critical Information Line

The 311 Critical Information Line is now being staffed by live operators. This line is for those who have questions or need information.

COVID-19 Call Center

The Alachua County Health Department has created a new call center for the community to address questions about testing and any concerns with COVID-19.

The phone number is 352-334-8810. Operators are on call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours call 352-334-7900.

The number we originally published, 352-225-4181, will be for practitioners with screening/testing or referral questions.