Fax: (772) 462-1849
226 Courthouse Addition
218 South Second St.
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
JA: Gale Knowles
Honorable Judge Charles A. Schwab
St. Lucie: 50% Domestic Relations Cases including injunctions for protection (A-K alphabet).
Scheduling Hearings – UMC’S/Special Sets
Please utilize Judge Schwab’s online calendar system to schedule all
UMC and Special Set hearings. Please note all UMC Hearings are 10
minutes or less and are non-evidentiary in nature, as for Special Set
hearings they are evidentiary in nature and hearing dates and times
must be cleared with opposing counsel, noting same on your Notice
of Hearing. Please provide via e-mail all proposed Orders and Notice
of Hearing in Word Format to Knowlesg@circuit19.org. Please provide
all e-mail addresses if available so that any Orders/Final Judgments can be
provided to all parties. Should you not have an e-mail address please
provide self-addressed stamped envelopes to the Court the day of your
Also note, Notices of Hearing MUST contain a Good Faith Certification
Notice for Trial
When your case is ready for trial, please provide my office with a Notice for Trial and your case will be scheduled on the next available Case Management Docket. If you are self-represented and wish to inquire about your case status or are looking to schedule a hearing, you may complete a Form A or B (as applicable) at www.circuit19.org.
Post Judgment Cases
All Post Judgment cases must be referred to the Magistrate. Once there is an Order of Referral you may object in a timely manner. Should there be an Objection entered the case then would be heard before the Judge. Should no Objection be filed the case would then remain with the Magistrate and any hearing dates and/or questions would be handled by the Magistrate’s assistant.
Please note, all original pleadings must be filed with the Clerk of Court. It is not this offices responsibility to file original pleadings.
Should you contact this office with any legal questions and/or advice, please be advised we are not at liberty to provide any legal advice but do advise that contact an attorney of your choosing. Should you have questions about scheduling or any of the office procedures please feel free to contact Gale at 772-462-1470 or e-mail Knowlesg@circuit19.org.
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.