Hurricane Matthew causes court closures


The possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew along the state’s east coast is causing a variety of court closures.

As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, courts in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties announced shutdowns for Thursday and Friday.

That makes a total of 12 counties where courts are closed or will close this week because of the storm, according to Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami is closed Thursday and Friday, and the 4th District Court of Appeal is closing 1 p.m. Wednesday through the rest of the week.

The Florida Supreme Court is “open for normal business hours at the present time” and oral arguments previously set for this week “will continue as scheduled,” the court’s website says.

The court has, however, received “several motions to postpone arguments in specific cases,” and one case has already been reset to Feb. 8, dockets show.

For up-to-the-minute information on closures, go to the Supreme Court’s “emergency” page here.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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