Fax: (772) 462-1849
226 Courthouse Addition
218 South Second St.
Fort Pierce, Fl 34950
JA: Lynn Atkinson
Honorable Judge Mark W. Klingensmith
St. Lucie: 50% Family Cases, including 50% DOR Cases; 50% Domestic Violence and Repeat Violence Cases (Alphabet A-L); All Delinquency Cases, including Detention Hearings; Member of St. Lucie County Children Services Council.
Judge Klingensmith has recently been appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeals. His last official day on the circuit bench will be August 9, 2013.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 12, 2013
Until such time as Governor Scott appoints a replacement for Judge Klingensmith on the circuit bench, senior judges and sitting judges will be covering this assignment. Please visit the online calendar for information concerning scheduling. Please do not contact this office to ask who will be covering and on what days. Any available information will be posted to this page and/or the online calendar.
All procedures concerning this assignment will continue to be the same until further notice. Please continue to use AtkinsonL@circuit19.org for E-Service and communication with this office.
TEMPORARY CHANGES TO ASSIGNMENT (FAMILY & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)
You may obtain/view any available coverage information by visiting the online calendar (still listed under Judge Klingensmith) and reviewing the monthly calendars.
Continue to schedule hearings (special set) using Judge Klingensmith’s online calendar & you may utilize any open Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC) dates and times as well.
Special set hearings, evidentiary hearings and/or trials that have already been scheduled will take place as scheduled unless you are otherwise notified to reschedule.
Please submit the following to Lynn Atkinson at AtkinsonL@circuit19.org :
- Stipulated Motions/Orders
- Proposed Orders from hearings conducted by Judge Shahood
- Ex-Parte Motions/Proposed Orders to Compel
- Notices for Trial
- Notice of Hearings/Motions Special Set/Evidentiary
(until a Judge is appointed to the Family Division A-L)
All Domestic Violence Petitions & Domestic Violence Hearings, Judge Bronis.
FAMILY EMERGENCY MOTIONS
Submit all emergency family motions to Judge Bronis using her procedures.
Uniform Motion Calendars/Special Set Hearings (1 hour or less, non-evidentiary)
St. Lucie County Family Online Scheduling
Judge Klingensmith utilizes the St. Lucie County Online Calendaring System for Uniform Motions Calendars (UMC) and for Special Set Hearings (1 hour or less and non-evidentiary in nature). You may schedule your hearing using the St. Lucie Online Calendaring System see link above. Please note: When coordinating the time and date for the hearing you must coordinate the amount of time necessary for the hearing. ONLY the amount of time scheduled for the hearing will be allowed. NO additional time will be allowed. If you need to schedule a hearing that will require more than one hour, or that is evidentiary in nature, please contact the Judicial Assistant for dates/times that are available. The notice of hearing and a copy of the motion should be provided to the Judge’s Office at least 5 days prior to the hearing. The notice of hearing must contain a Good Faith Certification.
To schedule a juvenile delinquency hearing please contact the Juvenile Clerk's Office at (772) 462-6800.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (DV) CASES:
Please be advised that you must contact the domestic violence clerk at (772) 462-6911 to schedule any and all hearings in domestic violence cases. Do not schedule domestic violence hearings on the court’s online calendar.
Please do not fax to this office without prior approval. Faxes received by this office without prior approval will not be considered by the court.
** Please click below to read PROCEDURES before contacting the Judge's office.**
Motion for Visitation (doc) (pdf)
Order of Referral to Family Mediation (doc) (pdf)
Petition to Seal or Expunge (doc) (pdf)
Seal-Expunge Instructions (doc) (pdf)
Verified Pro Se Petition to Reopen Case (doc) (pdf)
Family mediation involves parties to a divorce, paternity, or similar family matter. Parties having a combined income of up to $100,000.00 may utilize the 19th Judicial Circuit Mediation Program. The mediators assist parties in identifying issues, solutions and alternatives, always keeping in mind the best interests of their children when children are involved. The mediator’s objective during the session is to help parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement on disputed issues: parenting arrangements, child support, property/debt division, and other issues.
Please see our Mediation Program Tab on the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit website for further information.
When submitting an order of referral to Family Mediation, your cover letter must state the combined income for the parties and that both parties have current financial affidavits of record. Please use the form Order of Referral to Family Mediation.
You may serve copies of all motions, notice of hearings and proposed orders (if a hearing is set, do not submit until after the hearing) to Atkinsonl@circuit19.org . This office will file the original order with the clerk’s office and serve copies via E-Service/Mail to the E-Mail addresses provided. The party submitting the proposed order is responsible for serving copies on all parties that do not have an E-Mail address. Please make sure your service list reflects how the copies are being served.