Suwannee Valley Times is distributed into the following cities and towns: Lake City, Live Oak, Madison, Branford, Dowling Park, Falmouth, Lee, Wellborn, Jasper, White Springs, Fort White, High Springs and Alachua

SUWANNEE COUNTY IN-PERSON HEARINGS CHANGE

Staff Reports

Third Circuit Chief Justice Mark E. Feagle sent out a memorandum February 9, 2021, announcing Suwannee County is now allowed to have limited in-person hearings.

His memorandum read as follows:

As you will recall, we were forced to suspend all in-person court proceedings in Columbia and Suwannee Counties on December 31, 2020. The suspension was a result of the increasing COVID-19 positivity rates in those two counties. Fortunately, after the holiday spike, the positive cases are declining in both counties. Suwannee County is now able to once again have limited in-person hearings in accordance with the restrictions as outlined in SCAO2020-32(6). While Columbia County has not reached the threshold requirements to allow in-person court proceedings, with the exceptions that qualify as essential court proceedings as outlined in Chief Justice Canady’s Administrative Orders, Columbia County’s positivity rates are also declining and we will continue to monitor the cases and will advise accordingly.

All counties remain in Phase 2 at the present time with Columbia County being the only county with suspended in-person court appearances.

Once again, thank you all for your patience and understanding.

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The THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA includes the following counties: Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor Counties