RULE 1.01 SCOPE AND CONSTRUCTION OF RULES
(a) These rules, made pursuant to the authority of 28 U.S.C. Section 2071, Rule 83,
Fed.R.Civ.P., and Rule 57, Fed.R.Cr.P., shall apply to all proceedings in this Court, whether civil
or criminal, unless specifically provided to the contrary or necessarily restricted by inference from
the context. The Court may prescribe by administrative order procedures for electronic filing and
related matters in civil and criminal cases. The administrative order shall govern, notwithstanding
these rules, which otherwise will govern to the extent not inconsistent with the administrative order.
(b) These rules are intended to supplement and complement the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and other controlling statutes and rules of
Court. They shall be applied, construed and enforced to avoid inconsistency with other governing
statutes and rules of court, and shall be employed to provide fairness and simplicity in procedure,
to avoid technical and unjustified delay, and to secure just, expeditious and inexpensive
determination of all proceedings.
(c) The Court may suspend application and enforcement of these rules, in whole or in
part, in the interests of justice in individual cases by written order. When a judge of this Court in
a specific case issues any order which is not consistent with these rules, such order shall constitute
a suspension of the rules with respect to the case only, and only to the extent that such order is
inconsistent with the rules.
(d) In all circumstances in which these rules, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, other rules as prescribed by the Supreme Court of the United
States, or any statute of the United States, or the Federal Common Law, do not apply, the
practices, pleadings, forms and modes of proceedings then existing in like causes in the Courts of
the State of Florida shall be followed.
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RULE 1.02 DIVISIONS OF THE COURT
(a) The Middle District of Florida consists of those counties and places of holding court
as designated in 28 U.S.C. Section 89.
(b) The District shall be divided into five Divisions to be known as the Jacksonville,
Ocala, Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Myers Divisions, as follows:
(1) The Jacksonville Division shall consist of the following counties: Baker,
Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St.
Johns, Suwannee and Union. The place of holding court shall be
(2) The Ocala Division shall consist of the following counties: Citrus, Lake,
Marion and Sumter. The place of holding court shall be Ocala.
(3) The Orlando Division shall consist of the following counties: Brevard,
Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. The place of holding court shall
(4) The Tampa Division shall consist of the following counties: Hardee,
Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota. The
place of holding court shall be Tampa.
(5) The Fort Myers Division shall consist of the following counties: Charlotte,
Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry and Lee. The place of holding court shall
be Fort Myers.
(c) All civil proceedings of any kind shall be instituted in that Division encompassing the
county or counties having the greatest nexus with the cause, giving due regard to the place where
the claim arose and the residence or principal place of business of the parties.
(d) All criminal proceedings of any kind shall be docketed and tried in that Division
encompassing the county or counties in which the alleged offense or offenses were committed;
provided, however, an indictment returned in any Division shall be valid regardless of the county
or counties within the District in which the alleged offense or offenses were committed.
(e) The Court may, within its discretion, or upon good cause shown by any interested
party, order that any case, civil or criminal, be transferred from one Division to any other Division
for trial, or from one place of holding court to another place of holding court in the same Division.
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