213 Courthouse Addition.
218 South Second St.
Fort Pierce, Fl 34950
JA: Laurie Lapidus
Honorable Judge Robert E. Belanger
St. Lucie: All Felony Violation of Probation Cases; All Felony Arraignments; All Felony 3.850 Motions; All Fast-Track Change of Pleas; Weekday First Appearance Hearings (in rotation with County Court Judges); Domestic Violence and Repeat Violence Hearings one time per month for each family judge; Non-Jury Civil Cases excluding Residential Mortgage Foreclosures.
Civil Courtroom Guidelines
Be sure to review and comply with the guidelines.
CIVIL – Online Calendaring System
5-10 minutes at any Civil UMC date and time.
Civil Motions up to one hour
(Evidentiary and Non-evidentiary) at any time indicated as “Civil Special Set”.
CIVIL-Set with Judicial Assistant
Hearings requiring more than one hour: Any hearing requiring more than one hour must be scheduled by contacting the Judicial Assistant. You must know the amount of time both parties will require for the hearing before contacting the judicial assistant.
Notice of Hearing
Your notice of hearing must contain a Certificate that states the matter has been coordinated with the opposing party/counsel and that you have contacted opposing counsel in an effort to resolve the issue(s), however, the matter cannot be resolved and a hearing is necessary. (Note: the special certification requirements for discovery disputes)
CRIMINAL (Felony) – Scheduled through Judicial Assistant
The court’s Criminal/Felony Dates and times will be posted to the online calendar for viewing purposes only. Hearings are to be scheduled by contacting the Judicial Assistant or are set in open court.
Must be submitted to Judge Belanger for his review prior to setting hearing.
Calendars will be posted as soon as available and will be updated when necessary. Please be sure to check the calendars frequently. DO NOT contact the Judicial Assistant to inquire when a calendar will be posted.