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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR FLAGLER, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES


RE: FILING OF DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPTS
REF: CV-2003-009-SC (Rescinds CV-2000-009-SC)

WHEREAS, pursuant to Rule 1.310 (f) (3), Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, (see also Rule 12.020, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure), deposition transcripts are to be filed with the Clerk only when the contents of the deposition must be considered by the Court in a matter pending before the Court (i.e., a scheduled hearing on a motion for summary judgment), and

WHEREAS, the undersigned has been advised that deposition transcripts are being filed with the Clerks of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in cases where no hearing or other matter is scheduled or pending before the Court and,

WHEREAS, the undersigned has also been advised that deposition transcripts are being filed with the Clerks of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in cases where a hearing is scheduled, but the date of said hearing is more than 30 days from the date the transcripts are filed, and

WHEREAS, limited storage space exists within the court facilities of the Seventh Judicial Circuit wherein the Clerks may reasonably and properly store and maintain deposition transcripts;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Julianne Piggotte, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, hereby order that a deposition transcript shall only be filed in a civil (including family, juvenile and probate) case if the hearing, or trial to which it relates, is scheduled to take place within 30 days of the date the transcript is filed.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in accordance with Rule 1.310 (f) (3), Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, any deposition transcript submitted for filing in a civil case must be accompanied by a Notice of Filing of Deposition Transcript.  Said Notice must contain a certification that the deposition is being filed for the purpose of being considered by the Court in a matter pending before the Court.  Furthermore, the certification must specifically identify the matter to be considered by the Court, as well as the date and time of the hearing or other such proceeding. 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerks of Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit shall refuse to accept for filing, and/or return, deposition transcripts in cases where no hearings are scheduled, or where hearings, or trials to which they relate, are scheduled more than 30 days from the date the transcripts are submitted for filing.  The Clerks shall also refuse to accept for filing, and/or return, deposition transcripts which are not accompanied by a Notice of Filing of Deposition Transcript containing the certification as described above.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Administrative Order # CV-2000-009-SC is hereby rescinded.

TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

DONE AND ORDERED in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 12th day of August 2003.

/s/ Julianne Piggotte
Judge Julianne Piggotte
Chief Judge